Arne Slot and Jürgen Klopp share same love outside of football as Liverpool appointment nears

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Liverpool has just three matches left of the Jürgen Klopp era with the appointment of his successor close to being finalized. After months of speculation, Arne Slot looks set to be the man in the Anfield dugout next season.

Klopp has already enthused about his likely successor, saying before the draw with West Ham: "I like the way his team play football. All the things I hear about him as a guy, (he is) a good guy. Some people I know know him, but I don't know him yet. If he is the solution or the man, I’m more than happy."

Slot's attacking approach is believed to have appealed to the Liverpool hierarchy, with his ability to develop younger players also indicating an obvious continuity from the Klopp era.

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The pair may ultimately have different personalities but they do have one common love outside of football padel. The sport is a cross between tennis and squash and is growing at a rapid rate across the UK and Europe.

Reds boss Klopp discovered his admiration for the game after a training camp in Tenerife and managed to persuade the club to install a court at the AXA Training Centre. He is known for taking on his fellow coaches and sometimes players, with the German and assistant Pep Lijnders previously facing off against Mohamed Salah and Thiago Alcântara.

Klopp even linked up with sports brand Wilson to launch his own racket, which is available for a cool $220 (£175/€205. He told the company's website: "Padel is, besides football, the best game I’ve ever played. I’ve only known it in the last five years or so, but since then, I’m really addicted to it. You make big steps in a short period of time. It’s really fun to play."

Slot is likely to want to keep the court at Liverpool's training ground after being rewarded with a similar facility by Feyenoord chief executive Dennis Te Kloese. The Athletic reports that Te Kloese promised Slot a padel court if his side won the Eredvisie last seaosn, which it duly did. says: Reds fans will hope the similarities between Klopp and Slot stretch beyond interest in padel, with the Dutchman primed to take over. There is no doubt Klopp will be on hand to help and support his successor, and Slot faces a difficult task at Anfield. It remains to be seen if he will try and get his players on side by taking them on, on the court.