Jürgen Klopp gives new Arne Slot assessment after Liverpool 'agrees deal' for new manager

Jürgen Klopp manager of Liverpool gestures during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool FC at London Stadium on April 27, 2024 in London, England.
Jürgen Klopp has responded to another question about the likely new Liverpool manager Arne Slot. -Credit:Vince Mignott/MB Media/Getty Images

Liverpool still won't want to completely turn its attention to the impending arrival of Arne Slot. Even with nothing on the line, it's more than worth trying to savor the final three games under Jürgen Klopp.

That's been made a little more complicated by a steep downturn in form, with Liverpool not exactly capturing the essence of the Klopp era over the course of this final goodbye. But the on-pitch events will be little more than a sideshow when Anfield stands to applaud the manager for one last time.

Before you know it, though, all the focus will be on whether Slot can take this squad to the next level, sustaining the challenge that just couldn't quite go the distance this time around. And for his part, Klopp is already fielding questions about his likely successor.

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While nothing has been confirmed yet, a deal has been agreed between Liverpool and Feyenoord in terms of the compensation package for Slot. It's not thought that anything else will stand in the way of the appointment.

Klopp already made known his thoughts on Slot as the links were starting to heat up. While stressing that he has played no part in the selection process, the outgoing manager nonetheless endorsed the Feyenoord boss.

Speaking to Match of the Day after the West Ham draw, Klopp was once again asked about Slot, with the deal seemingly now agreed with Feyenoord. He gave a fresh answer.

"If I don't know a manager personally I can only touch the subject from watching their team and the way they play football," Klopp said. "Feyenoord are a really, really good football team, and he is definitely a really good manager.

"I am happy for the club if it happens. I don't know it for sure. It is not too important if I am happy, other people make the decisions and they will do it right, so I am happy."

The decision has been primarily in the hands of new FSG head of football Michael Edwards, who had previously held the position of sporting director at Liverpool before a period away from the club. Slot is thought to have come up after profiling well as a match for Klopp, with a record of overachievement.

Liverpool.com says: It's the last thing Klopp said that's really salient. There are people in place paid to make the right decisions in the manager search, and Liverpool has every reason to have faith in those people, not least Edwards.

That being said, Klopp's endorsement does also count for something. He's achieved greatness with Liverpool over the years, and it bodes well that he rates Slot's football from what he has seen of it.