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Slot may flip “outrageous” Liverpool star into his personal Phil Foden

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Liverpool have confirmed Arne Slot as Jurgen Klopp‘s successor, with Feyenoord’s trophy-winning supervisor set to begin his tenure on Merseyside on June 1st.

It was hardly a secret, but it surely’s thrilling – and poignant – nonetheless, with a powerful perception from Michael Edwards and Anfield’s sporting director, Richard Hughes, that the 45-year-old’s man administration potential and high-octane techniques will meld into the Reds’ first crew.

The likes of Dominik Szoboszlai and Darwin Nunez are among the many most salient stars brimming with high quality however requiring sprucing and sharpening.

However probably the largest winner of this transformation in supervisor might be Harvey Elliott, who has bloomed into a beautiful participant through the closing months of Klopp’s reign.

How Harvey Elliott may carry out for Arne Slot

Klopp mentioned that Elliott has “every thing you want” to make a marked influence on England’s European Championship marketing campaign this summer season, and based mostly on latest proof it is exhausting to argue that the younger star is shaping into one thing exceptional.

Harvey Elliott and Jurgen Klopp

He is a sensational playmaker with inborn match intelligence and an electrical supply, having scored 4 objectives and provided 11 assists in all competitions this season – regardless of solely beginning 27 matches. It is no shock that podcast host Adam Rowe described him as “outrageous“.

Elliott did, nonetheless, develop because the marketing campaign entered its late part, offering an help in every of Liverpool’s closing three Premier League matches and scoring a superb thumping strike in opposition to Tottenham Hotspur.

His closing efficiency, in opposition to Wolverhampton Wanderers, earned him an 8/10 match ranking from the Liverpool Echo’s Ian Doyle, who mentioned: ‘One other impressively busy show, his cross inviting the opener and gave Liverpool attacking momentum. Popped up on the left sometimes, too.’

As per FBref, the one-time Fulham teenager ranks among the many prime 10% of positional friends throughout Europe’s prime 5 leagues over the previous yr for objectives, the highest 2% for assists, the highest 3% for shot-creating actions, the highest 7% for progressive passes and the highest 13% for progressive carries per 90.

Elliott’s 23.2 sprints per 90 within the Premier League this season ranks him twelfth within the division, talking of his tenacity and elite athleticism, closing down the ball and at all times in search of to affect the play.

Harvey Elliott: Related PL Gamers

Rank

Participant

Membership

1.

Dominik Szoboszlai

Liverpool

2.

Kevin De Bruyne

Manchester Metropolis

3.

Martin Odegaard

Arsenal

4.

Bernardo Silva

Manchester Metropolis

5.

Phil Foden

Manchester Metropolis

Stats through FBref

His vitality and explosiveness may even see him grow to be Slot’s very personal model of Phil Foden, who’re famous as ‘comparable’ gamers statistically, as per FBref.

The six-time Premier League winner and the present Participant of the 12 months has loved a rare marketing campaign with Manchester Metropolis that has seen him plunder 27 objectives and 11 assists from 52 matches in all competitions, together with a 19-goal return within the English prime flight.

Whereas Pep Guardiola’s prized gem has staggered supporters together with his sharpshooting exploits, he is equally as spectacular from a ball-playing standpoint, rating among the many prime 3% of attacking midfielders and wingers throughout Europe’s prime 5 leagues over the previous yr for go completion, the highest 9% for passes tried and the highest 17% for progressive passes per 90.

Foden has been praised for his cleverness in attacking phases, with pundit Danny Murphy saying: “He finds pockets of area, wherever he performs, as a result of he is simply acquired that brightness about his recreation.”

He might need extra of a medical contact than his English counterpart, Elliott, however the Liverpool phenom is skyrocketing towards the forefront of the Premier League and will discover that the high-pressing system of Slot, who’s believed to have the school to elevate gamers like Elliott to a brand new stage, finds a jewel within the type of Anfield’s artistic expertise, who’s but to achieve the total scope of what his talent set suggests is feasible.

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