Incoming Chelsea boss Enzo Maresca has already given clear Arne Slot Liverpool verdict

Expected new Chelsea manager Enzo Maresca pictured at Anfield
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Liverpool's new head coach Arne Slot will be heading into the club optimistic he can try and build on the club's recovery this season.

After a disappointing 2022/23 campaign which was hindered by injuries, the Reds regrouped to win the Carabao Cup and return to next season's Champions League. The challenge for the current squad will be to build on that and try to continue the upward trajectory at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp's departure will be a big transition for the club but they will not be the only team starting afresh this summer. Chelsea are on the verge of appointing Leicester City manager Enzo Maresca as their successor to Mauricio Pochettino who left the club earlier this week.

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Maresca may have been managing in the Championship last season but he is a face those at Liverpool know all too well. Before taking on the job with the Foxes, the Italian worked as Pep Guardiola's assistant at Manchester City during their Treble-winning season.

This meant that when the Reds and the East Midlands club met each other in the early stages of the Carabao Cup last September, Maresca was in a position of authority to assess the Liverpool squad. "They have some new players but in terms of transition and work off the ball, they have probably been the best team in the world for the last seven years," he said.

"So now, even if they have new players, they just need time to adapt and then they will go again. Anfield will be a good environment for us."

This should fill Slot with plenty of optimism ahead of the next campaign. This Liverpool squad have had a full season to gel now and despite a wobble which saw them drop off the Premier League title race, they should be in a position to kick on under their new manager.

Slot will not need to rip up the entire Liverpool squad to adapt to his style of play either. If Maresca's assessment is correct, the Reds are well-positioned to avoid any hangover from Klopp's exit.