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Liverpool to avoid giving Man City 'helping hand' as Arne Slot receives approval

Pep Guardiola reacts during Manchester City's clash with Liverpool this season
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Liverpool's new era is less than 48 hours old as Arne Slot begins his first full week as head coach of the club.

The emotion of Jurgen Klopp's departure was significant, however the work to ensure as smooth a transition as possible has now begun in earnest. The transfer window for Premier League clubs officially opens in less than two weeks but already the rumours have been accumulating as to who Slot will add to his team.

In our latest look at the media headlines, the ECHO has spotted how one hidden pitfall will be avoided if the Reds are to complete a much-needed transfer.

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Liverpool eye Luiz transfer

According to Calciomercato, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United are all eyeing a move for Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz. The Brazilian has enjoyed a great campaign, bagging ten goals and ten assists for the West Midlands club as they reached the Champions League.

Despite being a former Manchester City player, our colleagues at the Manchester Evening News reported last year that Pep Guardiola's team will not benefit from a sell-on clause or a buyback option should Luiz decide to depart.

What the ECHO says: The trouble for Liverpool in a summer transfer window is the threat of being gazumped by either hidden sell-on clauses or teams having buyback options, which can price the club out of the market. It appears with Luiz, those fears will not become a reality. A good job too considering his talents and the need to sign a central midfielder in the summer.

Sturridge backs Slot for a smooth transition

Speaking to The Times, Daniel Sturridge believes Reds fans should not be concerned about moving from Klopp to Slot this summer and backs FSG to have made the right appointment.

"I know the Mikes [Gordon and Edwards] well. I’m sure they’ve analyzed the manager they’ve brought in and will know his style marries well with the current squad, and will have their eyes on players they want to sign too. I don’t have any concerns Liverpool will slip away."

What the ECHO says: The obvious concern for Liverpool is that they could drop down the Premier League hierarchy like United and to some extent Arsenal did having lost their own legendary managers. One thing which plays into the Reds' hands is that for this summer at least, there are no major names expected to depart immediately.

Yes, there are contracts that need sorting as they enter their final year, but at least Slot will not be forced into a huge rebuild straight away. That is arguably just as important as knowing Slot and Klopp's styles are similar.

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