Liverpool boss Arne Slot will show true colours if £108m dream double transfer completed

Anthony Gordon (C) and Rayan Ait-Nouri (R)
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Arne Slot has made no secret of his aggressive, attacking playing style, and one look at the players who have been linked with Liverpool in recent days hint that he has no plans of diluting his philosophy in English football.

Slot has succeeded Jurgen Klopp in the Anfield hotseat and after successful spells in charge of Feyenoord and AZ Alkmaar, the Dutch coach will bring his talents to the Premier League.

The 45-year-old guided AZ to second place in the Eredivisie in 2020 and then won an Eredivisie title, a KNVB Cup and reached a Europa Conference League final with Feyenoord, playing a high pressing style of play that he has compared to Man City's under Pep Guardiola.

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“I certainly don't want to compare myself to Pep, but he is a control freak just like me,” Slot told Voetbal International in May 2023.

“Manchester City - and again it is not my intention to compare us with them - have a similar style of play to how we want to play with Feyenoord: 4-3-3, building up from the back, wanting to apply pressure quickly.”

Slot also told reporters in his press conference as he was unveiled as Liverpool's new manager that the club have backed him to bring that successful style of play to England.

“What’s really important is that the people want my style of play,” he said. “That’s what a manager can bring to the club. That’s what I promise, or I can assume will happen, because that’s what I did at my former clubs.

“The margins in the Premier League are really small and Liverpool lost by one point a few times. What I can say is I have won a lot of games with my playing style.”

As such, the club's transfer targets will follow that model and links to Wolves left-back Rayan Ait-Nouri and Newcastle left-winger Anthony Gordon align with Slot's vision.

He wants Liverpool to play an attacking, high press brand of football, and both players have proven they can be up to those demands to form an exciting new partnership on the left-hand side of Liverpool's starting XI.

Wolves are said to be holding out for a fee as near as possible to Ait-Nouri's reported £38million release clause, while Gordon would represent a much more expensive deal.

Liverpool turned down an approach from Newcastle that would have seen Jarell Quansah move in the other direction. The Magpies were exploring avenues to ensure they complied with the Premier League's Profit and Sustainability rules but the sales of Elliot Anderson to Nottingham Forest and Yankuba Minteh to Brighton meant they solved that problem.

That means they are no longer under pressure to sell players and won't want to part with a player who was their Player of the Year last season. Gordon is a boyhood Liverpool fan, though, and reports have suggested a bid of at least £80million will be needed to prise him away from St James' Park.

Both players are only 23-years-old with their best football ahead of them. If Liverpool can land them this summer, it would be an exciting start to Slot implementing his brand of football on Merseyside.