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Liverpool and Arsenal 'to battle for $27m transfer' as coach applies for role with Arne Slot

Justin Bijlow of Feyenoord catches a cross.
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Liverpool is technically in the in-between period between Jürgen Klopp departing and Arne Slot arriving at Anfield but the former is already on holiday and the latter will be making plans. This summer, the incoming Dutchman wants to hit the ground running.

With transfers, contracts and backroom appointments to think about, there is plenty for Slot to be getting on with. While his official start date is June 1, the chances are, he has already had plenty of meetings about what happens next.

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Among those discussions will no doubt have been transfer planning, even though that will be driven by sporting director Richard Hughes. Here's your round-up of the latest Liverpool news.

Liverpool and Arsenal battle for Justin Bijlow transfer

Ahead of the summer transfer window opening, Liverpool and Arsenal are preparing to do battle for Feyenoord goalkeeper Justin Bijlow. The Reds would only need a signing in that department if Caoimhín Kelleher pushes for an exit while the Gunners are expected to need to sign a replacement for Aaron Ramsdale.

In England, The Telegraph reports that Arsenal has the 26-year-old on its radar, while in the Netherlands, De Telegraaf says he could follow Arse Slot to Anfield. Manchester United took a loot at Bijlow last summer before ending up with André Onana. The Old Trafford side was quoted $27m (£21m/€25m) for his services.

Portuguese coach applies for Arne Slot role

After Liverpool put an advert on LinkedIn requesting applications for a new role as set-piece coach, Portuguese coach Rúben Pinheiro has revealed that he has put his hat in the ring. Arne Slot has replaced Jurgen Klopp but Liverpool is also losing Pep Lijnders, Peter Krawietz, Vitor Matos, John Achterberg, Jack Robinson, Andreas, Schlumberger and Andreas Kornmayer.

"The impact of set pieces, in my opinion, is not new," Pinheiro told Record. "Now it is becoming very relevant, also given the evolution of the game, the fact that more and more teams are being worked on in detail.

"What seems clearly different to me is that, over these years, the way in which the moment is approached, the attention given to the moment in training, the innovation that increasingly exists. The process of creating set pieces can be divided into four phases. The first is the process of analyzing what we are going to find. Therefore, a rigorous analysis process on how the opposing team behaves, for example, defends itself in the zone.

"And the same thing offensively. The English call it design. In this design, in a way, I always put the identification of a signal, so that all players can know which dead ball will be decided by the kicker. Therefore, the hitter does not only have to be a good performer, but also a good interpreter and observer."