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Jurgen Klopp reveals blueprint for Liverpool success as unique Trent Alexander-Arnold challenge set

Trent Alexander-Arnold has opened up on Jürgen Klopp's approach to him at Liverpool
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Only now will eyes have finally dried from an emotional weekend at Anfield as Jurgen Klopp bid farewell to Liverpool after a glittering nine years at the helm.

The 56-year-old German departed Anfield as a Premier League and Champions League winner, as well as having led the Reds to triumphs in the League Cup, FA Cup, Super Cup, Club World Cup and Community Shield.

Arne Slot has already been confirmed as the Reds' successor, with the Dutchman appointed as the club's first-ever 'head coach'.

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But with Slot not taking charge of his Premier League in charge of the Reds until August, here the ECHO looks at some of the other nuggets of news that you might have missed.

Jurgen Klopp reveals key to Liverpool success

Jurgen Klopp has jokingly advised Arne Slot to build a Liverpool team around Roberto Firmino if he wants to achieve Premier League and Champions League success at Anfield.

Slot was officially announced as the Reds' head coach on Monday afternoon, a little over 24 hours after Klopp had paid an emotional farewell to Kopties at the end of Sunday's 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Slot will inherit a side that finished third in the Premier League and won the Carabao Cup last season, but will have his work cut out if he is to replicate Klopp's success on Merseyside by winning as many as seven major trophies.

According to The Athletic, when Klopp was asked at a staff Q&A event last week if he had any advice for someone looking to build a successful team at Anfield, he replied: “Build it around Bobby Firmino."

What the ECHO says: Although clearly tongue-in-cheek, Klopp's advice isn't wrong! In fact, in his 23 years as a manager, no one played more games for Klopp than Firmino (355), with Mohamed Salah (349) and James Milner (323) the next highest on the list.

Even on Sunday afternoon as Klopp was afforded an emotional farewell, Kopties still made time to serenade their former No.9 as chants of 'Si Senor' rang around Anfield in the first half.

Of course Slot, and Liverpool for that matter, will do well to find another player capable of performing in the false No.9 quite like Firmino, but it wasn't a bad piece of advice for the German to hand down to his successor given that the Brazilian spearheaded the Reds to the Champions League and Premier League in consecutive seasons.

Pep Lijnders sets out Trent Alexander-Arnold challenge

Pep Lijnders has admitted he would love Red Bull Salzburg to be drawn against Liverpool in next season's Champions League.

Sunday's 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers was Lijnders' final game as Liverpool's assistant manager, with the 41-year-old set to join the Austrian side as manager in July.

However, he has revealed he would love to return to Anfield next season as Salzburg manager, should they qualify for the Champions League. And if the two sides are paired against one another, the Dutchman has already set Alexander-Arnold a challenge.

Speaking to The Redmen TV, Lijnders said: "I told him that I really hope that Salzburg go into the Champions League, and they put us together and we play. I told him, 'You can play the passes you want but from the ten passes you play, seven will be offside because my [defensive] line will be high, will be organised.' But he said to me, 'Yeah, but the three I play, two goals!'

"And he's f******' right! I see it already the b*stard!"

What the ECHO says: Lijnders knows Alexander-Arnold better than most as he first coached him when he was an under-16s player at Liverpool's academy in 2014.

And it was Lijnders who first played Alexander-Arnold in midfield before it was later agreed that a move to full-back would help his chances of breaking into the Reds' first team.

Sadly for the soon-to-be Salzburg coach, though, Alexander-Arnold's creativity knows no limits and regardless of what tactical traps are set, the No.66 is likely to settle the game one way or another.

Sorry, Pep!