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Arne Slot does NOT want any Feyenoord players to follow him

Liverpool are expected to announce Arne Slot as Jurgen Klopp’s successor, with the German manager presiding over his final game this weekend.

Anfield will be the setting for Klopp’s swansong as Wolves visit in the Premier League on Sunday.

In his place will come Arne Slot, the Feyenoord coach who led his team to an Eredivisie title last season as well as a KNVB Beker (Dutch cup) this season.

Slot, 45, is also a two-time Dutch manager of the year and comes to Merseyside with a reputation for providing attractive football during his three years in charge of his side.

He joins the club as a “head coach” rather than a manager, meaning Slot is likely to have less say over transfers than his predecessor.

That responsibility will fall to sporting director Richard Hughes, as well as FSG’s new CEO Michael Edwards, who are no doubt planning a busy summer of comings and goings at the club.

Slot’s time in charge at Feyenoord produced numerous transfer successes for the Dutch giants.

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2024-03-03 PSV – Feyenoord – Dutch Eredivisie EINDHOVEN, THE NETHERLANDS – MARCH 3: Head coach Arne Slot of Feyenoord points his finger, Lutsharel Geertruida of Feyenoord throws a ball during the Dutch Eredivisie match between PSV and Feyenoord in Philips Stadion from March 3, 2024 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Photo by Broer van den Boom/Agenzia BSR Eindhoven The Netherlands The content is not available for redistribution in the Netherlands directly or indirectly through third parties. Copyright: xBSRxAgencyx

Players such as Orkun Kokcu, Luis Sinisterra, Marcos Senesi, Tyrell Malacia and Fredrik Aursnes have paid Feyenoord hefty transfer fees in recent seasons, and the current crop also includes some of Europe’s most sought-after emerging stars.

Santiago Gimenez, David Hancko, Lutsharel Geertruida – recently seen at a Liverpool game -, Mats Wieffer, Quilindschy Hartman and Quinten Timber are on the shopping list of some of the continent’s biggest clubs.

Hancko and Geertruida have both been linked with Liverpool but Slot is NOT keen on any of his Feyenoord players moving to Anfield with him.

Slot wants Feyenoord to sell as few players as possible

He revealed following the weekend win over NEC that he hopes his legacy lives on at De Kuip and that this group of players have the opportunity to grow together.

His weekend line-up contained several fringe players and he was scrutinized after the game by the Dutch press about the state of the squad he was leaving behind.

“Is this hopeful for the future? Well, it’s especially nice for us as a staff,” said the coach, quoted by Algemeen Dagblad.

“Our belief was and is to make the whole team better. And all of these guys have been given time and attention to improve.

“When I left (previous club) AZ, you saw the same football as before in the first half of the season. But is this hopeful? In my opinion, Feyenoord should mainly ensure that as few players as possible leave. Then a lot of players will be able to do it with their eyes closed in the next six months.”