Liverpool’s potential 2024-25 formation under Arne Slot, Alexander-Arnold midfield shift

Jurgen Klopp announced Arne Slot as his successor at Liverpool in a unique manner, singing his name to the tune of 'Live is Life'. While Klopp emphasized the need for change and optimism, some fans were uncertain about Slot's appointment.

Arne Slot Could Change Trent's Positon
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On Sunday evening, Jurgen Klopp didn’t just give an emotional farewell at Anfield; he also introduced his successor in a unique way. True to form, Klopp made the announcement by singing Arne Slot’s name to the tune of ‘Live is Life’ and urged the crowd to “welcome the new manager like you welcomed me.”

Klopp encouraged the fans, saying, “You go all-in from the first day. And you keep believing and you push the team. Change is good.” However, change can also be intimidating. Many Liverpool supporters are unfamiliar with Slot’s work at Feyenoord, which adds to the uncertainty.

Switching managers always carries risks, as players need time to adjust to new tactics and personalities. While some Liverpool fans were disappointed by Slot’s appointment, especially since many hoped for club legend Xabi Alonso, there is optimism that Slot’s arrival will facilitate a smooth transition.

Dirk Kuyt, a former player for both Liverpool and Feyenoord, noted on the KieftJansenEgmondGijp podcast that Slot’s style is similar to Klopp’s, though with some differences. Slot, a big fan of Pep Guardiola, has emphasized a playing style that involves building from the back, quick pressure, and a high defensive line, similar to Klopp’s Liverpool.

Slot prefers a patient, methodical build-up rather than continuous high-intensity play. His use of a double pivot in midfield helps maintain possession and provides a defensive safety net. This approach has resulted in Feyenoord facing fewer shots and conceding fewer goals compared to Liverpool.

Despite the competitive differences between the Eredivisie and the Premier League, Feyenoord’s defensive record under Slot is promising for Liverpool fans, especially given their team’s recent defensive issues. While Feyenoord had some shortcomings, Slot’s balanced team achieved impressive statistics in both defense and attack.

The potential for Slot to enhance Liverpool’s performance is exciting, especially with a squad rich in talent. Marco van Basten highlighted Slot’s ability to make teams play attractive football, suggesting he could excel with Liverpool’s higher-quality players.

Alisson Becker will remain crucial under Slot, who relies on his goalkeeper to initiate attacks. Virgil van Dijk is expected to thrive, but Ibrahima Konate’s ball-handling skills are a concern, making Jarell Quansah a potential starter. Full-backs Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold will likely continue their offensive roles, with Conor Bradley possibly stepping in if Alexander-Arnold moves to midfield.

In midfield, Alexis Mac Allister and Wataru Endo are key players, while Mohamed Salah is expected to maintain his position on the right wing. The other attacking spots are open, with Cody Gakpo and Dominik Szoboszlai as strong contenders for the left wing and No.10 roles, respectively. Up front, Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota are potential options for the central striker position.

Klopp leaves behind a versatile squad that Slot should enjoy molding. While there may be new signings, including possible recruits from Feyenoord like Santiago Gimenez and Lutsharel Geertruida, Slot’s strength lies in optimizing existing talent. He is anticipated to develop young players such as Conor Bradley, Jarell Quansah, and Harvey Elliott, just as he did at Feyenoord.

Although succeeding Klopp is a daunting task, Slot has a strong foundation to build on, bolstered by Klopp’s parting endorsement and the enthusiastic support of the Liverpool fans.

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Defender, Midfielder

EnglandEngland

Age: 26

180 cm

69 kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 28 10 Missed
Minutes 2164 77.3 Avg
Goals 3 0.1 Avg
Assist 4 0.1 Avg
Attempt 41 1.5 Avg
Passes 1636 58.476.5% AvgSucc
Yellow 6 0.2 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 28 times for 2164 minutes for Premier League.

Trent Alexander-Arnold  scored 3 goals for Liverpool. He procured 4 assists. He received 6 yellow cards and no red cards.

His team is currently 3rd in Premier League. In the last match Liverpool won 2-0 against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Liverpool performance and stats

Liverpool

Manager: Jürgen Klopp
Rank 3rd
Win 23
Draw 10
Loss 4
Goals 84-41
Diff 43
Rank 1st
Win 4
Draw 0
Loss 2
Goals 17-7
Diff 10

Liverpool is currently 3rd in the Premier League with 79 points.

In the last 38 games, it has won 24 times, drawn 10 times, and lost 4 times. In its last match, Liverpool won 2-0 against Wolverhampton Wanderers.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 84 goals and conceding 41.​