Jurgen Klopp and Arne Slot tactics comparison

Jurgen Klopp and Arne Slot tactics comparison: How Slot tactics will help Liverpool?

Liverpool will be looking forward to their new manager Arne Slot after Jurgen Klopp received an emotional farewell at Anfield on the last matchday of the Premier League season. Klopp announced at the beginning of this calendar year that this would be his last season with the Merseyside club.

Earlier on Monday this week, Arne Slot penned a three-year contract with the six-time Champions League winners and will follow in the footsteps of Liverpool icon Jurgen Klopp.

Why is Arne Slot the best manager to succeed legendary Jurgen Klopp?

The 45-year-old former Feyenoord boss has been confirmed as Liverpool’s new manager. The main reason why Slot is such an appropriate successor for Klopp is his style of play and tactical similarities to what the former BVB coach has been doing at Anfield.

Slot won the Dutch league with Feyenoord last season and the Dutch Cup this year. A disciple of Pep Guardiola, Slot developed Feyenoord into one of the extremely attacking teams in recent years. He usually sets up in a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formation, pushing both the full-backs high and wide and typically has two players pressing the high upfield as opposed to Klopp’s three.

Feyenoord emphasizes possession-based football, unlike Liverpool who relies on high-intensity pressing from both attackers and midfielders.

Both Jurgen Klopp and Arne Slot have used a double pivot at some point in their managerial career. An inverted fullback switches into one of the pivot positions as we have seen Trent Alexander-Arnold oversee this role in recent times. Similarly for Feyenoord, Lutsharel Geertruida took up this role in the same position.

Slot has encouraged his wingers to stretch the opposition as wide as possible. But it takes more than tactics to succeed in football.