Why Arne Slot didn't join Tottenham as Liverpool confirm Jurgen Klopp replacement

Arne Slot of Feyenoord Rotterdam arrives at The Fortuna Sittard Stadium looks on prior to the Dutch Eredivisie match between Fortuna Sittard and Feyenoord at Fortuna Sittard Stadion on April 14, 2024

Arne Slot is the new manager of Liverpool, replacing Jurgen Klopp nat the helm just one day after the German finished the season as Reds boss. Slot will join Liverpool on June 1 after the Reds agreed a deal with Feyenoord.

Slot has signed a three-year deal to replace Klopp as manager and becomes the first man from the Netherlands to take charge at Anfield. But things could have been so different, at Liverpool and Tottenham.

Xabi Alonso first emerged as the favourite to fill the prospective manager vacancy at Anfield before committing his future to Bayer Leverkusen, forcing the Reds to expand their hunt for a head coach. The likes of Ruben Amorim and Roberto De Zerbi were mooted as potential candidates to take the reins at Liverpool, but Slot, who was previously linked with ctaking over at Tottenham, quickly became the preferred candidate.

After leading the Rotterdam-based outfit to their first Eredivisie title in six years last season, the 45-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur before opting to sign a three-year contract extension at De Kuip. So, the Lilywhites appointed Ange Postecoglou instead.

Speaking to the official club website, Slot explained why he snubbed Spurs. He said: "I'm not done here yet. We have had a wonderful season with Feyenoord, with the championship as a wonderful reward for all the hard work that has been put in, but I really want to continue building.

"After the summer, an adventure awaits in the Champions League and there is a national title to defend. Enough to look forward to, so I am proud to be and remain Feyenoord's trainer in Rotterdam."

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While Slot hasn't managed to retain Feyenoord's crown as Dutch champions this season, with PSV Eindhoven are just one win away from glory, he still managed to get his hands on some silverware. They defeated NEC Nijmegen in the KNVB Cup final at the weekend, with club's general and technical director commenting on the former Spurs target's future.

Speaking to ESPN, as quoted by Dutch publication Voetball International, Dennis te Kloese said: "I think it is logical that he is in such a good position. It is very special how he has manifested himself in recent years and has really given Feyenoord a face.

"We responded by extending his contract. In any case, we assume that he will also be our trainer next year. We have experienced this situation before and will take good care of our own interests."