How Liverpool could align with Arne Slot after new boss decides on four key players

Arne Slot will be in the Liverpool dugout next season and while there will be a high degree of continuity in the way the Reds are set up, it is still a big change to get used to. Jürgen Klopp has been president since October 2015.

According to The Telegraph, Slot has already made it clear that he wants to get more out of Darwin Núñez but that the Uruguayan is seen as a ‘crucial’ part of his plans. Meanwhile, new contracts for Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold are seen as priorities. All three could leave as free agents in the summer of 2025 as things stand.

While Salah and Van Dijk will turn 32 and 33 respectively this summer, Liverpool are said to consider a combination of experience and youth important moving forward. While the pair will need to be managed as they age, they still have a lot to give and there is little sign of a serious decline in the performance levels of either of them.

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But what might Liverpool look like if all that were so? Alisson Becker isn’t going anywhere and will remain in goal, but there is a decision or two to make in the defense, which has shipped too many goals this season.

At right back, one of the first questions Slot will have to resolve is where it is best to deploy Alexander-Arnold. Liverpool’s number 66 has played a hybrid role recently, but there remains a question mark over his effectiveness in that position at times, while he could still become a full-time midfielder.

Moving him to midfield would allow Conor Bradley to play more frequently, but would also mean losing either Harvey Elliott or Dominik Szoboszlai in the centre. There is no easy solution, but given that Slot has played with a hybrid player at Feyenoord, perhaps that is the most likely option he will choose.

Ibrahima Konaté’s form and the fact that Joël Matip’s departure as a free agent means Liverpool need to be in the market for a centre-back and Jarell Quansah has had such a good season that he is in contention for the European Championship in England. Finding the best partner for Van Dijk will be important, even if there will be rotation given the volume of matches to come.