Why Liverpool 'abandoned Ruben Amorim manager approach' for Arne Slot

Sporting Lisbon manager Ruben Amorim
Sporting Lisbon manager Ruben Amorim was of interest to Liverpool -Credit:Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images

Liverpool reportedly abandoned the approach to hire Sporting Lisbon manager Ruben Amorim for two key reasons.

The Reds have been on the hunt for a new boss since the beginning of the year when Jurgen Klopp announced his intention to stand down. Xabi Alonso was initially the favourite to take on the role but committed his future to current club Bayer Leverkusen.

Amorim was then seen as the favourite to come on board however news has since broke that a compensation package with Feyenoord has been agreed for Arne Slot. According to Sky Sports journalist Melissa Reddy, there were two key factors behind this call.

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She said: "He had ticked quite a few of the criteria to get onto the shortlist, but the big sticking point was that his playing philosophy was so different. He likes to use three at the back [and] that doesn't really stack up with Liverpool’s squad and their comforts in doing that.

"[Amorim's] long-term vision didn’t align with the Liverpool way. Remember, Liverpool play the same way through all the age groups up, so you don’t want to disrupt that."

While Amorim is no longer being considered, the departing Klopp gave Slot his seal of approval. "I like a lot about it, if he is the one, he wants to take the job. Really. Is desperate. 'Come on, let’s go for it. Excited,'" he said.

"I like the way his team play football. All the things I hear about him as a guy, a good guy. Some people I know know him, I don’t know him yet.

"Some people tell me that he is a really good guy. I like that a lot. Good coach, good guy. Looking forward for the club if he is the solution or the man. I’m more than happy. It’s not up to me to judge these things but it all sounds really good to me."