Arne Slot has already done something with Pep Lijnders that could help him prosper at Liverpool

Some Liverpool fans may be feeling quite skeptical as Arne Slot prepares to replace Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.

To begin with, the Dutchman has never trained outside of Holland.

Some fans may also be concerned by the fact that Erik ten Hag triumphed at Ajax in the Eredivisie, but has since struggled in England with Manchester United.

However, there is actually a familiar face for Arne Slot, who is already at Liverpool, and the pair once did something that could help life after Jurgen Klopp run smoothly…

Arne Slot meets Pep Lijnders

Well, the 45-year-old knows Pep Lijnders, Klopp’s number 2 at Anfield.

During Slot’s time in charge of AZ Alkmaar, he created a bespoke player database with the Dutchman, according to The Athletic, as the resources available at the time simply weren’t good enough.

That creation could now help the Bergentheim man recruit hidden gems to aid his Liverpool career, fueled by the brain of Michael Edwards, who is now back at Anfield working as chief football officer.

Furthermore, the fact that Slot is already familiar with Lijnders should make his first days at Liverpool a little smoother, as the 41-year-old will be able to hand his friend a dossier on the ins and outs of life at Anfield, including Specific details about the equipment.

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Of course, the current Feyenoord boss will come to Liverpool with his own ideas and won’t want to simply copy Klopp, but a little information about the current generation of players certainly wouldn’t hurt.

Liverpool are well placed

Leaving behind a club legend can be a difficult situation to overcome; just ask Manchester United and Arsenal following the departures of Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, respectively.

However, Liverpool appear well placed to deal with life after Klopp.

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Both Manchester United and Arsenal had poor infrastructure in terms of employing the right people in recruiting and managerial roles, but Liverpool have now brought back one of football’s brightest minds in Edwards, who has since hired Richard Bournemouth’s Hughes as Director of Football.

With those two positions (and months of preparation after Klopp’s announcement in January) we believe Liverpool will remain competitive, even after the German leaves Merseyside.

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