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Who is Sipke Hulshoff? Arne Slot assistant who left Netherlands role to enable Liverpool move

Dutch head coach Ronald Koeman and Dutch assistant coach Sipke Hulshoff (R) attend a training session of Dutch national team at the KNVB Campus in Zeist on September 5, 2023, ahead of the European Championship qualifying football match against Greece.
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Liverpool is comprehensively refreshing the coaching staff this summer. While the headline change sees Arne Slot replace Jürgen Klopp, that's just the tip of the iceberg.

A whole host of coaches left with Klopp, including long-time assistant Pep Lijnders, who has been named manager at Red Bull Salzburg. That's left a number of vacancies for Liverpool to fill.

Slot's own backroom team will fill some of those positions. A number of coaches are expected to follow him from Feyenoord — like Sipke Hulshoff, who will take up Lijnders' role as assistant manager.

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Hulshoff is expected to reprise the exact same role he held at Feyenoord, acting as Slot's right-hand man. He was promoted to that role in 2022.

The 49-year-old first crossed paths with Slot at Dutch side Cambuur, where the new Liverpool manager was in charge in 2016/17. They would later reunite at Feyenoord, with Hulshoff initially working with the under-21s.

Until recently, Hulshoff had been combining his Feyenoord duties with a role in the Netherlands national team setup. As such, the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Ryan Gravenberch and Cody Gakpo are already familiar with him.

"He is very clear and tactically strong," Van Dijk said of Hulshoff last year, speaking to Voetbal International. “I like the moments when he leads a training session. I think I also speak for the group."

But Hulshoff resigned that role ahead of Euro 2024, seemingly to help facilitate a move to Liverpool. He should now be free to start at the same time as Slot at the beginning of next month, although the summer tournament (along with the Copa América) will still prevent them from working with a number of star players until later in the summer.

Hulshoff has a couple of unusual teams on his CV, having previously been the manager of Red Bull Ghana and Al-Arabi. But for the vast majority of his career, at various age-group levels, he has worked as an assistant.

Liverpool.com says: A national team role at the same time as a club job, and a previous stint at Red Bull Ghana? Hulshoff feels like something straight out of a Football Manager save.

But Slot clearly rates him highly, having decided to retain him as assistant when he moves from Feyenoord to Liverpool. And his existing relationship with the sizeable Dutch contingent in the squad can only be a good thing too.