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Van Dijk welcomes Slot arrival as Liverpool captain commits to Reds future

SoccerNews in Eredivisie 27 May 2024

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Virgil van Dijk insists his future remains solely with Liverpool as the Reds captain welcomed incoming Dutch compatriot Arne Slot.

Slot will replace Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool manager, with the Dutchman expected to take charge at Anfield from Saturday after sealing his switch from Feyenoord.

The soon-to-be Liverpool boss leaves the Netherlands after three highly successful seasons with Feyenoord, having led them to the league title in 2023.

Slot will be welcomed by two fellow countrymen on the red side of Merseyside, with Van Dijk and Ryan Gravenberch eager to link-up with their new manager.

As Netherlands began their Euro 2024 training camp on Monday, Van Dijk told a news conference: “I still have a year left on my contract.

“I am club captain and I have made it clear I am there for the new coach and enthusiastic over the next season.

“Obviously, there will be a lot of changes but I am confident we will make a big success of it.

“I congratulated [Slot] of course and I’m really pleased for him and his family. We spoke about the team and the future but now my focus is fully on the national team.”

Slot’s reign ended with six straight league wins and Feyenoord did not lose any of his final 20 Eredivisie matches at the helm, their last defeat coming against PSV on December 3.

The 45-year-old oversaw exactly 150 games in charge of Feyenoord across all competitions, winning 98 of those contests (65.33 per cent).

Slot also won the KNVB Cup glory in April, overseeing a 1-0 win over NEC Nijmegen in the final of that competition, and Gravenberch believes that success has earnt his Liverpool move.

“I think he can be good for my career, he’s a coach who wants to play good football,” added Gravenberch.

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