Arne Slot’s playing style: What Liverpool could expect from next boss contender


With one of the most heavily debated topics in world football currently concerning who will succeed Jürgen Klopp at Liverpool, fans may have finally been presented with their answer. Feyenoord’s Arne Slot may not be the most glamorous name in the European game but his credentials could make him an intriguing proposition for the powers that be at Anfield.

Since the current incumbent in the L4 hotseat announced his intentions to depart his post at the end of the season, the lack of tangible movement in terms of his successor has seen a cloud of uncertainty drift over proceedings on Merseyside. However, supporters may finally have now edged closer to the clarity they so crave over who will assume the reins next.

Bayer Leverkusen’s Xabi Alonso had appeared the obvious candidate until he decided to commit his future to the recently-crowned German champion. Even as speculation still swirls that Sporting’s Rúben Amorim could be installed as Klopp’s successor, the latest link with apparent newly-installed frontrunner Arne Slot may spell the beginning of the end of the saga.

Slot is under consideration and is among the leading candidates. An Eredivisie title winner, he certainly ticks one box in terms of his credentials when it comes to overseeing domestic league success.

Moreover, with the current Liverpool roster very much shaped in the image of Klopp, Reds fans will be encouraged to learn that they will see a lot of similarities in how Slot sets up his teams to the current manager. Here at, we have compiled together a summary of what to expect from Slot, with a focus on his tactics, philosophy, and his personality…


Previously the head coach at AZ Alkmaar, the current Feyenoord boss has garnered a reputation in his homeland for his high-intensity, attacking teams, which he normally sets up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Although this is a slight variation on what Klopp has gone with during his eight seasons at Liverpool, the use of the box midfield with a defensive midfielder has been deployed by the German for the majority of this term.

With Trent Alexander-Arnold often stepping into the midfield as a quarterback of sorts, he has evolved to become an auxiliary midfielder from his regular berth at right-back. Usually, this means that the club vice-captain has had Wataru Endō or Alexis Mac Allister sitting in the No. 6 role to allow him the freedom to influence the attack.

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