Liverpool notebook - FSG preparing for visit as Arne Slot questioned

Liverpool owner John Henry and his wife Linda Pizzuti Henry with Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool owner John Henry and his wife Linda Pizzuti Henry with Jurgen Klopp -Credit:Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Jurgen Klopp's time at Liverpool is now into its final days with just two games left for the manager to negotiate.

Having beaten Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 on Sunday, the Reds will be hosted by Aston Villa on Monday before a final Anfield outing on May 19 against Wolves.

Ahead of the Villa visit, the ECHO takes a look at some of the off-diary happenings around the club in our Liverpool FC Notebook.

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Press conferences could be must-see viewing

Jurgen Klopp's riotous press conference ahead of Sunday's visit from Tottenham was one of the most well received in quite some time at the AXA Training Centre.

The Reds boss mused on a number of topics without restraint as he called out broadcasters TNT Sport, detailing why they can take him off their list of subscribers when he eventually leaves, the regularity of the dreaded 12.30 kick-offs and why he will never make a good FIFA president.

It was all genuinely good-humoured stuff and delivered without malice or frustration and the feeling is that this is how Klopp is planning to wind down for his last few weeks. With little left to play for, the Reds boss is able to let his guard down somewhat and it certainly made for an entertaining press conference.

It's been remarked around the AXA Centre how many are expecting Klopp to continue in the same vein as last Friday as he looks to bow out in style from press conference duties that, it is fair to say, have never been his favourite task as manager of the football club. If Klopp is looking to settle a few scores on the way out, it will make for fascinating viewing.

Slot speculation continues

The questions over when Arne Slot will be officially confirmed as Liverpool manager go on with little clarity arriving from official sources.

Slot has been asked a number of times about where the developments are up to after recent Feyenoord games and Dutchman has done his best to stay as honest as possible without disrespecting his current employers or jumping the gun with those in power on Merseyside, either.

It was claimed in Dutch media circles that they expected a formal announcement as early as Monday April 29 but the wait goes on with a number of theories being given as to why.

Klopp revealed he is happy to hear from Slot last week if the 45-year-old feels he wants to pick the brains of his predecessor and that is something he is keen to do, revealing: “I think it’s normal that if you go to a new club, and if that would be Liverpool, it is normal that you contact the former coach.

"I did this when I went to Feyenoord as well. It’s more than normal that, all the knowledge a person has that worked a few years at that club – and in his situation, even nine years – that you contact [Klopp]."

What is retold in those private conversations could hold the key to so much of Liverpool's future, whenever those calls take place.

Plans continue to mark Klopp exit fittingly

It's sure to be quite the occasion when Liverpool host Wolves on May 19, even if it might not be a fixture that could see the Reds land the Premier League title.

Plans are continuing to be put in place to mark the departure of one of the greatest managers of all time at Anfield and it's been hinted that club owners Fenway Sports Group could be present to provide the manager with an in-person goodbye.

John W Henry, Tom Werner and Mike Gordon have often made the trans-Atlantic visit for the final home games of the campaign and with Klopp bidding adieu on the day itself, that will surely give the FSG chiefs an additional reason to make the trip as they bid a fond farewell to a man who has done so much for the club they own.

Liverpool will be wearing their brand new Nike strip for the match itself and CEO Billy Hogan, as has become customary, will hand Klopp a framed collage of his considerable achievements since he took charge in October 2015, while a guard of honour will also be given.

It's also likely that Klopp will be asked to give one last speech directly to those at Anfield on the day for what is sure to be an emotional event. It will most certainly be a I-Was-There moment for the 60,000-plus in attendance.