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Arne Slot: Who is Liverpool's new head coach?

20 May 2024
Arne Slot

From winning promotion as a player to managing a title-winning team, everything you need to know about the 45-year-old

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Following the appointment of Arne Slot as Liverpool's new head coach, we take a look at his career pathway from player in the Netherlands to his success as a coach.

The 45-year-old Dutchman will join Liverpool after a successful spell at Feyenoord, with whom he won the 2022/23 Eredivisie title, losing only two matches that season.

Slot played professionally as a midfielder for 18 years, never once leaving his homeland, making over 460 appearances for FC Zwolle, NAC Breda, Sparta Rotterdam and FC Zwolle.

He retired in 2013 at PEC Zwolle and worked within the club's youth system, beginning his first senior coaching job three years later as an assistant and then later interim at Cambuur, an Eerste Divisie side one level below the top flight.

Alongside Sipke Hulshoff, Slot guided the club from a bottom-half position to the promotion playoffs and a Dutch Cup final, having beaten Ajax in the semi-finals.

In similar fashion to his first job in 2017, Slot moved to AZ Alkmaar as an assistant, and then took the reins for the 2019/20 campaign. 

That same season he steered AZ to the UEFA Europa League round of 32, while his team were second behind Ajax on goal difference when the league was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the time of his leaving Alkmaar, Slot had averaged 2.11 points per match in the league, the highest of any coach in the club's history. 

Further success at Feyenoord

His arrival at Feyenoord at the start of 2021/22 marked another new beginning. Slot led the Rotterdam team to the final of the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League final, losing 1-0 to Jose Mourinho's Roma.

The season after, Slot achieved Feyenoord's biggest win in European football, beating Shakhtar Donetsk 7-1 in the Europa League round of 16. He also won the league, earning Feyenoord their first title in six years.

While there he was named Eredivisie Coach of the Year twice. 

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