Jürgen Klopp breaks silence on Arne Slot replacing him at Liverpool with 'agreement close'

Jürgen Klopp speaks to the media ahead of the match with West Ham -Credit:YouTube/liverpoolfc

Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has had his say on Arne Slot potentially replacing him as manager. The Dutchman is the clear frontrunner for the Anfield job and has publicly admitted he would like to leave Feyenoord for Liverpool.

According to the Daily Mail, a deal could be concluded in the coming days, with Liverpool remaining in talks with Feyenoord over a compensation package.

The Reds travel to the London Stadium on the back of a disappointing Merseyside derby defeat at Goodison Park on Wednesday night. Klopp's side was well below its best against Everton and now sits third in the Premier League table.

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Manchester City leapfrogged Liverpool into second by thrashing Brighton on Thursday night and also has a game in hand, while Arsenal is three points clear of the Reds at the top.

But both sides have tricky away games this weekend. Arsenal takes on Tottenham in the north London derby on Sunday, before City travels to relegation-threatened Nottingham Forest. And as Liverpool learned in midweek, sides at the bottom of the table cannot be underestimated.

Liverpool goes first in the early kick-off (yet again) and knows three points will be needed to put pressure on Arsenal and City before they play their matches on Sunday. Unsurprisingly, the Reds boss was asked about Slot's potential appointment when he faced the media on Friday morning ahead of that clash with West Ham.

What Jürgen Klopp said on Slot

"I didn't read anything but I have heard that Arne has said something. I am not involved, club-wise. If he is the one, I like that he wants it, that he wants to take the job and is excited.

"I like his team's style and all I hear about him as a guy. Some people I know tell me that he is a good coach. It all sounds really good to me. This is the best job and club in the world."

On the title race

"I cannot remember being as frustrated after a game as I was on Wednesday. I have been frustrated in my life because it was special. Arsenal and City are playing positive football and we are where we are in the table because we are capable of that too.

"I am responsible for the mood and I wouldn't say we are in the best place now, we lost the decisive battles at Goodison Park, really bad. But in general it's been a few weeks where we haven't played positive football. It always feels like we are playing catch-up for something.

"A quick turnaround and we have to be positive. I will try my absolute everything so I can enjoy our football again because that was not positive on Wednesday. I am pretty sure City and Arsenal see it as a two-horse race. They might say something differently in publicly but I don't expect them to lose two games.

"We have to be there if they do, starting with West Ham. They lost their last game, so they have to show a reaction, we have to. So let's see."