Marco van Basten sends message to Liverpool over Arne Slot replacing Jurgen Klopp | Football

Arne Slot has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool (Getty)

Marco van Basten has backed Arne Slot to replace Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool manager this summer.

After guiding Feyenoord to their first Eredivisie title in six years last season, Slot was wanted by Tottenham but the 45-year-old opted to sign a new three-year contract with the Dutch club.

Slot has enjoyed further success this season as he guided Feyenoord to victory over NEC Nijmegen in the KNVB Cup final at the weekend.

And the Dutchman has now been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool this summer as Liverpool seek a replacement for Klopp.

‘I think he’s really good,’ Van Basten said of Slot on Ziggo Sport’s ‘Rondo’.

‘I hope he stays in the Netherlands longer because it is an enrichment for Dutch football. He can really go anywhere – Bayern Munich, Liverpool… I’m really convinced of that.

‘I’ve spoken to him a few times and I think what he does and what he sees is very strong. He gets along very well with the group of players, is tactically well-versed, can explain things well and is calm and intelligent. I think he can go to any club, even at the very difficult clubs, because he is so intelligent.

Arne Slot of Feyenoord celebrating with the KNVB cup

Arne Slot guided Feyenoord to victory in the KNVB Cup final at the weekend (Getty)

‘He has a lot of qualities and he shows it at every level. He first did it at AZ, and now at Feyenoord. And Feyenoord is a really complicated club. He has been doing well for three years, while PSV and Ajax have much more options in terms of money.

‘He could really fit anywhere. If you get AZ and Feyenoord to play football, you also get big clubs like AC Milan to play football. You can clearly see his hand where he is the coach.

‘I think it will even be easier for him at a higher level because he has better players who understand his ideas faster. I also think he is smart enough to manage stubborn players.’

Former Netherlands international Wim Jonk also backed Slot to succeed at Liverpool.

‘He gave Feyenoord a face,’ said Jonk.

‘Arne has made enormous strides, so I would like that. Liverpool is also a bit like the Feyenoord of England.’

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