Feyenoord star spotted in Liverpool away end ahead of Arne Slot appointment

Feyenoord coach Arne Slot, Lutsharel Geertruida of Feyenoord, Marcus Pedersen of Feyenoord during the friendly match between Feyenoord and Villareal CF at Feyenoord Stadion de Kuip on July 27, 2023 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
One of Arne Slot's Feyenoord charges posted a picture from the Liverpool away section against West Ham. -Credit:ANP via Getty Images

With Arne Slot's appointment as Liverpool boss now expected to be a matter of time, brace yourselves for the transfer links. More than one Feyenoord player will be mentioned before the summer is out.

Of course, a raid on his old club is far from inevitable. Despite many links over the years, Jürgen Klopp never signed anybody from Borussia Dortmund.

Meanwhile, with Michael Edwards and incoming sporting director Richard Hughes set to take the lead on recruitment in Liverpool's new structure, it's unlikely that Slot will be given free rein to shop in the market he knows best. But Liverpool clearly likes the football Feyenoord is playing, or it would not be hiring Slot.

And it will also have watched the Eredivise side very closely in recent weeks and months. So it's completely plausible that a player or two could have caught the eye.

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One of Slot's charges set tongues wagging with a social media post during Liverpool's draw at West Ham. Not only was 23-year-old defender Lutsharel Geertruida in attendance, he was in the away end (per SportBible), sparking rumors he could follow his manager from Feyenoord.

If Liverpool was indeed trying to sign Geertruida, arguably there would be a little more secrecy. But whether it's a sign or a mere coincidence, he does appear to tick a lot of the club's boxes.

In the right age range, Geertruida would address a problem position, bolstering the defensive ranks. He has spent most of his time recently at right-back, so any potential transfer might hint at a move infield for Trent Alexander-Arnold, but he has also amassed almost 100 senior games as a center-back. He has experience stepping into midfield as well.

Interestingly, he was linked to Real Madrid at the turn of the year, with Football Transfers claiming he was viewed as a cheaper alternative to Alexander-Arnold, another player interesting Los Blancos. That's another potential issue Slot will need to resolve, with Liverpool's existing right-back set to enter the final year of his contract.

Liverpool.com says: It is easy to dismiss Feyenoord links out of hand, given that Slot will not be given free rein. But as we say, it's only natural that Liverpool has taken a close look when running the rule over the manager.

Another right-back doesn't seem like the priority, with Conor Bradley not to be forgotten. But Geertruida's flexibility is appealing, and he must have something about him to have made the list for Real Madrid. Manchester United has also previously been linked.