Whoever witnessed Liverpool’s growth in the last seven years will testify to how Jurgen Klopp transformed the club. The German brought a winning mentality to the team, which seemed lacking for quite a while. With the new coach Arne Slot taking over Liverpool for a three-year term, fans received an enormous boost in morale with Georginio Wijnaldum’s recent statement. The club’s former star makes an astounding claim about Feyenoord’s former coach even which Jurgen Klopp will not disagree.

As Europe’s most successful English club awaits a new era, the Dutch midfielder sees Liverpool in great hands. Taking about Arne Slot’s methodology, the club’s official website reported Wijnaldum saying, “That was of a very high level. I thought that was really great. I can compare him to Klopp and Mourinho and then I say Slot is of the same level,” bring parallels to the great Jose Mourinho and Klopp, mentioning a valuable facet they possess.

Moreover, the 2019 Champions League winner stated, “Yes, he’s coming into a completely different world now. That’s just the case. But that doesn’t mean he can’t do what he did at Feyenoord there,” citing the arriving manager’s versatility to be a major factor to keep the club going. This is the most important factor mentioned that could give Slot at least some success as the Portuguese coach.


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The former Real Madrid manager has demonstrated resilience wherever he went. He won the league titles in four different nations, three of which are the top leagues in Europe. More importantly, Mourinho embraced daunting tasks during his career, such as guiding Real Madrid to a La Liga win in 2012 against Pep Guardiola’s dominant Barcelona. Hence, the take will also resonate with Jurgen Klopp’s opinion on Mourinho.

Jurgen Klopp’s view on Mourinho adds weight to Wijnaldum’s Arne Slot claim

Jurgen Klopp also had successful spells in the Bundesliga and the Premier League, displaying his adaptability. Leading Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool to surprising league victories against gigantic rivals, Klopp understands the flexibility it took for Jose Mourinho’s success. Klopp earlier said, “As a coach, you have to adapt to the quality you have and mix up the ideas you have and that is one of the best skills of Jose Mourinho,” which reiterates the fortune of the 6-time European Champions to acquire Arne Slot.

Previously, Arne Slot had taken over a suffering Feyenoord, who had their worst season in 10 years. He took them to Eredivisie triumph in 2023. However, the Dutch coach is relatively new and will have an uphill task to keep up with expectations in English. Therefore, fans will closely monitor to see if he can match wits with established managers like Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta this season.