Monday 24 October 2016

Klopp is the new king of the Kop

FSG get their man as German agrees three-year deal to turn Liverpool's fortunes around

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp was unveiled as Liverpool's new manager this morning and is ready to embrace the challenge of resurrecting the club's fortunes following the reign of Brendan Rodgers.

Klopp flew into Liverpool's John Lennon Airport yesterday via a private jet from Germany, where negotiations were concluded with the former Borussia Dortmund boss.

From the airport he was taken to a city centre hotel - there are no plans as yet for him to visit Anfield, the club's Melwood training ground or the Chapel Street offices where Liverpool's corporate departments work from.

Klopp signed what is understood to be a three-year contract and the capture of the 48-year-old, rated as one of Europe's top coaches, is a major coup for Liverpool's owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG), who moved swiftly and decisively to appoint Rodgers' successor after he was sacked following Sunday's 1-1 draw at Everton.


Klopp will bring with him Bosnian Zeljko Buvac, his assistant both at Dortmund and Mainz before that, and coach Peter Krawietz.

In preparation for that, the club began a clear-out of many of predecessor Rodgers' backroom staff earlier yesterday.

Assistant manager and former Ireland international Seán O'Driscoll and first-team coach Gary McAllister - who were only brought in over the summer in an overhaul of coaching personnel - have left their posts.

Head of performance Glen Driscoll and head of opposition analysis Chris Davies, who followed Rodgers to Anfield from Swansea in 2012, have also lost their jobs.

Former Reds midfielder McAllister has been offered an ambassadorial-type role within the club but has yet to decide whether to take it up.

The former Scotland international took training yesterday morning along with one member of staff Pep Lijnders, promoted in the summer from the club's academy as a player development coach, who has kept his job.

It appears the position of head of fitness and conditioning Ryland Morgans, another Rodgers recruit from Swansea, is also safe for now.

Before Klopp's flight to Liverpool, he was doorstepped yesterday by a Sky Sports News reporter at his home in Stuttgart.

Klopp told the reporter through the intercom that "tomorrow I will be Liverpool manager."

Former Liverpool and German international midfielder Dietmar Hamann believes Klopp will fulfil Liverpool owners' FSG's expectations to get better results out of the current squad, according to.

Negotiations are continuing with the former Borussia Dortmund manager to take over at Anfield with confirmation expected by the end of the week.

There has been almost universal support for the appointment but, crucially, it is what Klopp can affect immediately which may make the most difference.

"Too often managers go into a new job and three months later complain the players aren't fit enough, they're not good enough and that he needs 10 new players," the ex-Reds and Germany star Hamann said.


"This guy says 'No, no, I think this squad is all right'.

"Of course he will want one or two players in key positions but, if you look at his Dortmund team, he brought these players in and he got the best out of them.

"There were three players in recent years he turned from nobodies into world-class players and all three of them left - Nuri Sahin, Shinji Kagawa and Mario Gotze.

"They all left the club and they all failed - so that means he brings out the best of players.

"People say his players leave and can't play in a different system. I'm not interested in what players do when they leave Liverpool, I want him to bring the best out of players.

"He did that at Dortmund and I'm pretty sure he will do it at Liverpool and if you're not on board and you're not prepared to sacrifice yourself for the team then I don't think you've got a future at Liverpool."

Germany defender Mats Hummels, who signed for Klopp's Dortmund from Bayern Munich in 2008 and was a key figure in their success, had nothing but praise for his former boss.

"There is no doubt about it, he is a fantastic coach, he's absolutely great," said the centre-back, speaking in Dublin ahead of Germany's Euro 2016 qualifier with the Republic of Ireland.

"You thought 'What is he going to do post Dortmund?, then clubs like Liverpool certainly came into the frame.

"He lives, eats, breathes and thinks football day after day.

"He will be a fantastic addition and I am certainly keeping my fingers crossed for the next step in his career."

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