Ex-Manchester United manager hails Arne Slot appointment as Liverpool task made clear

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has hailed Arne Slot as Holland's best coach and believes Liverpool have made a "very good choice" with his appointment.

The 45-year-old, who won the Eredivisie and Dutch Cup during a three-year stint at Feyenoord, was named as the Reds' new head coach in May after the conclusion of a six-month search to identify a successor for Jurgen Klopp.

Slot officially began his role at Anfield on June 1 but will not begin working with Liverpool's players until they report back to the AXA Training Centre for the start of pre-season in early July.

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But despite the pressure that comes with succeeding a figure as captivating as Klopp, former United, Ajax and Barcelona manager Van Gaal believes his compatriot is a strong appointment at Anfield.

"It's a big job because Jurgen Klopp has done it fantastically, so he as the successor is always more difficult," the 72-year-old told Sky Sports. "But he is a good trainer. I think at the moment - with Peter Bosz - the best trainer from the Netherlands. I think Liverpool have made a very good choice."

Last month, Klopp revealed that he had spoken to Slot prior to his arrival at Anfield and admitted he would be more than willing to answer any queries the Dutchman may have in the future.

"It was a really good talk," said Klopp "I spoke to pretty much everybody on the new leadership team. He's a really good manager. Arne has my number and he can call me - I don't think it's necessary.

"There's a really good base for the next manager. We helped the new manager already by not winning everything. Can you imagine if we'd won the quadruple this year? Great."