It is crucial that Arne Slot hits the ground running at Liverpool

  • Liverpool cannot afford an integration period under the new coach. 
  • Slot must get his system implemented early in the summer.  
  • International tournaments could play a hindrance in this mission

As the clock ticks down to the official start of the Arne Slot era at Liverpool, we can begin looking ahead to things that need to be done and what to expect.

The focus of this piece is to drive home the point there will not be a long honeymoon phase for the Dutch coach. He is coming in to a side that expects to challenge for every trophy on offer and anything less is seen as a tough pill to swallow.

As a result of this, the leash for the new boss might not be as lenient as it would be at other clubs. This is why reports of Slot wanting to start the Reds preseason a week early i good to hear.

System implementation

As I have discussed previously, the system that Slot runs is not vastly different from what Liverpool have done for years.

However, there are still differences and expectations of certain players will also change under the new regime. The sooner that Slot can get his own ideas across to the lads, the better. An unfortunate circumstance is there will be some key players away playing in the Euros and Copa America.

Yet, that could mean more hands on time for players like Conor Bradley, Harvey Elliott, Jayden Danns and others.

This could work to the benefit of the whole squad. If the supposed depth pieces can get a grasp on the new setup, they will be well positioned to hit the ground running when they have their early chances.

All games matter, even in September

As we project ahead to the coming 2024-25 season, there is going to be a lot of pressure on Slot to pick up results right away. Each questionable performance will only ratchet up the doubters of his ability to succeed Klopp.

You might not be able to win a title in September, but you can certainly lose one or two. Dropped points have a way of coming back to haunt a team.

This sense of urgency is probably a contributing factor into why Michael Edwards and Co. were so eager to get a deal done and over the line. A dragged out process into the summer for a Klopp replacement would have been awful for all involved.

This way, Slot has a full preseason and then some to get integrated into the club and begin laying the foundation for what we all hope is a successful tenure.

The veterans in this Liverpool team will be vitally important to the transition as the youngsters have only ever known Jurgen Klopp as their coach. It very well could be a bit of a culture shock for some of the younger players, but ultimately, that will pass because football is still football at the end of the day.

With that said, in football, fast starts are just what the doctor ordered when you're replacing a legend.