Liverpool’s new coaching setup explained as six leave with Arne Slot plan taking shape

Arne Slot with assistant Sipke Hulshoff during the Dutch Eredivisie match between NEC and Feyenoord.
Arne Slot with assistant Sipke Hulshoff during the Dutch Eredivisie match between NEC and Feyenoord. -Credit:ANP via Getty Images

It’s going to be a summer of big change at Liverpool as several members of the club’s backroom staff follow Jurgen Klopp out of the door.

Klopp announced his departure earlier in the season with the German taking charge of his final game on Sunday before Feyenoord manager Arne Slot replaces him in the dugout - a move confirmed on Friday by Slot himself.

When asked directly about the Liverpool job in his pre-match press conference on Friday, Slot replied: "I can confirm that I will become the trainer there next year."

Preparation for his move to Anfield will be ongoing, and that will include who will join him as part of his backroom staff. Klopp confirmed that six members of staff will be leaving alongside him in the summer.

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Slot’s current assistant manager at Feyenoord, Sipke Hulshoff, looks set to join Klopp at Liverpool after resigning from his role as assistant manager to Ronald Koeman with the Dutch national team. Hulshoff currently does both jobs but is set to only concentrate on the role at Liverpool when joining Slot.

It was said that negotiations for the assistant manager was one of the reasons that was delaying the Reds finalising the appointment of the new manager. Hulsoft will now not work with the Netherlands during Euro 2024.

Ruben Peeters is another who will reportedly join Slot at Liverpool from Feyenoord. The 32-year-old is currently head of performance with the Dutch club.

A third member of staff in Etienne Reijnen is also reported to be making the switch. He is the analyst and technical advisor under the guidance of Slot.

So, who will they be replacing in the Liverpool dugout? It has so far been confirmed that six members of Jurgen Klopp’s backroom staff will leave the club alongside the German in the summer.

Assistant manager Pep Lijnders has been confirmed as the new head coach of Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg and he is being joined by fellow coach Vitor Matos. Klopp has also revealed that another coach in John Achterberg will be leaving to join Saudi Arabian side Al-Ettifaq, who are managed by Steven Gerrard.

Goalkeeper coach Jack Robinson, fitness coach Andreas Kornmayer, and head of recovery and performance Andreas Schlumberger will all also leave the club in the summer. It means that Slot will have to bring in a few more of his own members of staff, but whether he will continue to turn to his old club or look elsewhere is still to be seen.

Jyri Nieminen is the current goalkeeping coach at Feyernoord. He has been with the coach for a year since joining from New York Red Bulls last summer.

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