Jürgen Klopp has agreed the terms of his move to Liverpool and will arrive on Merseyside later on Thursday to sign a three-year contract with the option of a fourth.
The final details of his arrival as Liverpool manager were concluded on Thursday and, as planned, the 48-year-old will now travel to Merseyside to sign the deal before being unveiled on Friday. His appointment will come just four days after Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool’s owners, sacked Brendan Rodgers following an alarming run of results and performances dating back to March.
The make-up of Klopp’s backroom team was agreed earlier in the week and the arrival of Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz, his former colleagues at Borussia Dortmund, has signalled the end of Sean O’Driscoll’s brief time as Liverpool assistant manager plus Gary McAllister’s role as first team coach.
McAllister may be offered a different role at the club, however. Glen Driscoll, the head of performance, and the head of opposition analysis, Chris Davies, are also leaving.
Klopp will earn around £5m a year at Liverpool and his appointment marks a significant coup for FSG, which has convinced the two-times Bundesliga champion to abandon his sabbatical from the game after four months.
After a horrendous start to the season this is the best news any Liverpool fan can hear. Although getting a new manager is never the “quick fix” fans expect it to be, Jurgen Klopp is the closest you’ll get to a quick fix in a coaching replacement. His experience and his ability as a manager are very well-established. There’s no doubt he can lead this team where the fans want it to go. Along with his managerial ability, Jurgen Klopp’s ability to connect with a passionate fanbase has been very evident from his time at Borussia Dortmund. He will treat the Liverpool faithful with the respect they expect. All around this couldn’t be a better fit. It’s unfortunate that Brendan Rodgers’ time has come to an end but it was clear Liverpool and him needed to go their separate ways. All hail Klopp!