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Erik ten Hag delivers honest verdict on Arne Slot to Liverpool and makes Man Utd comparison

Jürgen Klopp and Erik ten Hag on the touchline at Old Trafford.
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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag says he believes Liverpool's appointment of fellow countryman Arne Slot is a good one and he has admitted that the Feyenoord boss will inherit a much easier situation than he was thrown into.

According to The Guardian, Ten Hag will be fired by Manchester United regardless of what happens later today against Manchester City. But he has hinted that Slot's arrival at Liverpool will not go the same way because of the high-quality and well-defined structure in the background.

"This is great for the Dutch trainers’ guild," Ten Hag has told the Dutch outlet Voetbal International ahead of the FA Cup final. "And Arne Slot also fits Liverpool with his philosophy.

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"Jürgen Klopp and Pepijn Lijnders have left a strong foundation. He ends up in better waters than I did when I went to Manchester United from the Netherlands. In terms of structure in the club, in terms of balance in the squad."

The Liverpool squad that Klopp leaves behind is one that is ready to take the next step, with the experiences gained in his final campaign likely only to be of benefit next year when it will hope to go one better. In contrast, Manchester United was in need of a rebuild when Ten Hag moved to Old Trafford.

That is not to say that the Dutchman is entirely blameless, however. Antony was just one signing that he pushed for that has spectacularly failed, while his tactical set-up is essentially midfield-less and relies almost exclusively on individual moments rather than a coherent or well-coached system.

Liverpool.com says: Ten Hag and Slot are both Dutch and bald but the idea that they are therefore the same manager is simply not true. Liverpool has done its due diligence on Slot. Lijnders is a big fan and his previous work with Feyenoord paints the kind of picture that you want to see with an appointment.

Few would have selected Slot as an obvious pick when the Klopp bombshell was dropped. Ultimately, though, this is why a move was made to bring back the likes of Michael Edwards. Liverpool did not go down the most obvious route, but made a pick that it believes has the best chance of being a long-term success.