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Rúben Amorim makes West Ham ‘mistake’ admission as Liverpool decides on Arne Slot

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April 27, 2024

Sporting CP boss Rúben Amorim has admitted that traveling to London to meet with West Ham was a “mistake”. Linked heavily with Liverpool, the 39-year-old was not the favored candidate at Anfield with Arne Slot now set to replace Jürgen Klopp.

“It was a mistake. The timing was completely wrong,” Amorim said. “I’m always asking my players to be respectful… and I wasn’t — even if I informed the club before. I’m so sorry and I apologize to fans, club and players.”

Speculation had mounted that Amorim could have been meeting with Liverpool when he went to London. But the Reds had opted for Feyenoord boss Slot instead.

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“The only thing I can say about it is that the clubs are in negotiations,” Slot told ESPN before a deal had been agreed. “And then you sit in the waiting room and wait for what will come out. It seems clear to me that I would like to go to Liverpool. Now I’m waiting to see whether the clubs reach an agreement. I’m very confident in that.”

Liverpool has since agreed a compensation package with Feyenoord. Klopp has just three games left as Liverpool boss after today’s match with West Ham United.

“I didn’t read anything but I have heard that Arne has said something,” Klopp said during his pre-match press conference. “I am not involved, club-wise. If he is the one, I like that he wants it, that he wants to take the job and is excited.

“I like his team’s style and all I hear about him as a guy. Some people I know tell me that he is a good coach. It all sounds really good to me. This is the best job and club in the world.”

Liverpool.com says: Amorim is going to get a big job somewhere so it seems strange that he would meet with West Ham as a result. He has done an excellent job with Sporting, but plays with a back three. Slot is a much better stylistic fit by all accounts.

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