How Liverpool could line up under Arne Slot?

How Liverpool could line up under Arne Slot?

Liverpool‘s golden era under Jurgen Klopp has come to an end after the German managed his final game in charge of the Reds, ending his nine-year spell with the Merseyside club.

Ajax manager Arne Slot has been tasked with the job of replacing the German tactician at Anfield this summer. The Dutchman confirmed last week he will leave Feyenoord after three seasons in charge with De Kuip. Replacing Klopp, who has won every major European and domestic honours with Liverpool, would surely not be an easy task.

Slot has mostly used the 4-2-3-1 formation in the Dutch league and focuses mainly on a high-pressing and high-intensity style. Using a similar formation, let’s see how the Dutch manager could set up at Liverpool.

Liverpool lineup under Arne Slot

GKAlisson Becker
RBTrent Alexander-Arnold
CBVirgil van Dijk
CBIbrahima Konate
LBAndy Robertson
CMAlexis Mac Allister
CMAlan Varela
AMDominik Szoboszlai
RWMohamed Salah
STSantiago Gimenez
LWLuis Diaz


 Liverpool Lineup Under Arne Slot
Liverpool’s Alisson (Getty Images)

Without a doubt, Alisson would be the main man in between the sticks who has been consistently one of the best-performing goalkeepers in the Premier League. The only dilemma would be about the backup goalkeeper, with Caoimhin Kelleher expected to make a move this summer.


 Liverpool Lineup Under Arne Slot
Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate (Getty Images)

Ibrahima Konate and Virgil van Dijk have formed one of the most robust partnerships in the heart of defence. Slot will be relying on the latter’s experience to ensure a smooth transition into his stewardship. The Dutchman confirmed his desire to work under Slot and will expect to sign a contract extension this summer.

The board would also be keen to tie Trent Alexander-Arnold to fresh terms as he will enter the final 12 months of his contract this summer. Just like Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson’s desire to go forward will work well under Arne Slot. Replacing both full-backs could be a ridiculous call.


 Liverpool Lineup Under Arne Slot
Alexis Mac Allister and Darwin Nunez (Getty Images)

If Slot prefers to use a double pivot, he could pair Alexis Mac Allister with Watauro Endo, but the Dutchman would prefer to go along with someone else alongside Mac Allister. Liverpool are reportedly eyeing a move for 22-year-old Alan Varela, who has been likened to former Anfield star Javier Mascherano.

Dominik Szboszlai predominantly played in a central midfield position in his maiden Premier League season and has slowed down a little as the year has progressed, but he could be a perfect fit in the attacking midfield role.


 Liverpool Lineup Under Arne Slot
Mohamed Salah (Getty Images)

If Slot uses a 4-2-3-1 formation, it would easily suit the likes of Luis Diaz and Mo Salah, who will be delighted with the arrival of the Dutch manager. Salah will be entering the final year of his Liverpool contract and rumours of a summer departure have been doing the rounds for a while.

A lack of a reliable finisher at the central point of Liverpool’s attack was a major factor in their failure to challenge the title this season. Slot would not hesitate to axe Darwin Nunez and make a move for Feyenoord’s Santiago Gimenez, who is touted to make a move to the Premier League this summer.