Enzo Maresca already told Arne Slot what to expect at Liverpool as new Chelsea boss confirmed

Enzo Maresca celebrates after Leicester City win the Championship
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Liverpool isn’t the only club making a change in manager this summer. Chelsea has today confirmed Enzo Maresca as its new boss, just two weeks on from Mauricio Pochettino’s departure from the club.

The Italian leaves newly-promoted Leicester City in order to take the job at Stamford Bridge. He has signed a five-year deal in London, with the option of a further year.

Maresca becomes the sixth manager to take charge of Chelsea since Todd Boehly took over the club. By contrast, Liverpool has made its first managerial change since 2015, with Arne Slot replacing the departing Jurgen Klopp.

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Maresca, who previously worked as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City, will have quite the job on his hands if he is to return Chelsea to competing with the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City next season. The 44-year-old is fully aware of what he will be facing from the Reds next season, even with the change in manager at Anfield.

Maresca came up against Liverpool while still in charge of Leicester last season, with the two sides meeting in the third round of the Carabao Cup back in September. The Reds would win the tie 3-1, before going all the way to Wembley where they beat, ironically, Chelsea.

Speaking ahead of that meeting early on in the season, Maresca gave his views on a new-look Liverpool side, which was still in its infancy following a midfield rebuild during the summer.

"They have some new players but in terms of transition and work off the ball, they have probably been the best team in the world for the last seven years," he said.

"So now, even if they have new players, they just need time to adapt and then they will go again. Anfield will be a good environment for us." says: High praise indeed from Maresca, and that should give Slot some encouragement as he starts work at Anfield. Compared to some clubs, Liverpool shouldn’t need too much work doing on the squad this summer, just some tweaks to bolster the options currently available.

It will be interesting to see how Maresca gets on at Chelsea. Boehly has well and truly set his stall out over the last couple of years with his managers, and people might well be raising an eyebrow at him handing out a five-year contract. The Italian will need to hit the ground running and defy a long-running Stamford Bridge trend if he’s to see that out.