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Liverpool appoint Jurgen Klopp as new manager

Modified 09 Oct 2015, 01:47 IST
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Jurgen Klopp won 2 Bundesliga titles with Borussia Dortmund during his 7 years with the club (Image source: Liverpool Official website)

Liverpool have appointed former Borussia Dortmund manager, Jurgen Klopp as their new manager, the club’s official website confirmed. The German has been signed a 3-year contract with the Merseyside-based team and he will replace Brendan Rodgers who was sacked last week by the club owners.

It has been quite clear for some time now that the club owners, Fenway Sports Group were keen to replace Rodgers with Klopp at Anfield, as he himself had admitted earlier this year that he would love to manage a team like Liverpool. Klopp headed to the city on Thursday to sign his deal with the Merseyside club.

The 48-year-old is a well-reputed coach in Germany, having won two Bundesliga titles during his tenure with Dortmund. Klopp has had detailed talks with the club owner over the management structure and his backroom staff. He will be assisted by Zeljko Buvac and analyst Peter Krawietz who were his former assistants at Westfalenstadion. The announcement was brought right after Sean O’Driscoll and Gary McAllister lost their jobs as assistant manager and first-team coach, respectively.

Klopp has been coveted by FSG over the years as they previously failed to bring him to Anfield in both 2010 and 2012, but the latest approach was the first concrete offered that has appealed ever since he ended his seven-year spell with the Bundesliga outfit.

The former Dortmund coach took the German club to some great heights during his tenure. Since joining from Mainz he won 2 German Bundesliga titles with them while also leading them to a Champions League final. Though his departure from the club came in a less than successful period, he will always be fondly remembered by the fans.

Although he had been backed to be Pep Guardiola’s successor at the Allianz Stadium next summer, the German has decided to take up the coaching role with Liverpool and has taken up the challenge to turn the club’s fortune around this season after making a torrid start to their season.

The manager is set to be unveiled as the 20th manager in the club’s history, having accepted the continuation of FSG’ s controversial transfer committee. The club will soon release a first interview with the man himself which should shed a little light on the charismatic character’s move to Anfield.

Published 09 Oct 2015, 01:35 IST
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