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Jurgen Klopp to Liverpool: Former Borussia Dortmund manager agrees three-year deal

'From tomorrow I'm a 24/7 Liverpool man'

Published 08/10/2015

Jurgen Klopp (centre) is escorted away after arriving at John Lennon Airport, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 8, 2015. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA
Jurgen Klopp (centre) is escorted away after arriving at John Lennon Airport, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 8, 2015. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA
Jurgen Klopp (second left) is escorted away after arriving at John Lennon Airport, Liverpool. Thursday October 8, 2015. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.
Jurgen Klopp (centre) is escorted away after arriving at John Lennon Airport, Liverpool. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA

Former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has agreed a three-year deal to become Liverpool manager.

The 48-year-old German, who replaces Northern Irishman Brendan Rodgers, will fly to Merseyside on Thursday night and officially sign the paperwork .

Klopp is expected earn around £5m a year at Liverpool. He is expected to bring with him Bosnian Zeljko Buvac, his assistant both at Dortmund and Mainz before that, and coach Peter Krawietz.

Speaking to Sky Sports News from his home in Germany today he said: "From tomorrow I'm a 24/7 Liverpool man."

Former Liverpool manager and now England boss Roy Hodgson offered Klopp his best wishes in his new job.

"Certainly we wish him well. I mean, it is like everything else - everybody who comes into the job has taken somebody else's job," said Hodgson.

"It is club business when they decide to change managers. It has got nothing to do with international managers like myself.

"All I can do is welcome Jurgen to England and wish him the very best of luck with his job of making Liverpool the top team that the owners would like them to be."

Hodgson also expressed the hope he and the German would enjoy a good working relationship in the coming years.

"I've been very fortunate since taking over as the England manager that I had a very good relationship, and received a lot of help and backing from Brendan Rodgers," he added.

Signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan:
Signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan: "Mkhitaryan fits us like an arse on a bucket. What he offers is exactly what we need."
On his wife's books: "She wrote a book for children. It's like Harry Potter - but it's about football. There's no Harry Potter flying on his f****** stick - just football."
His singing skills on the team bus: "I couldn't have been a rock star, although I do sing Country Road very loudly on the PlayStation karaoke game."
What he told his players after a poor first half: "I told my players during the break: Since we're here anyway, we might actually play a bit of football."
Are players banned from having sex before matches? "My players sleep in double rooms the night before the match. I hope that nothing happens."
To a rival Schalke fan on the secret of winning the Bundesliga: "How do you explain to a blind person what colour is?"
Borussia Dortmund's rivalry with Bayern Munich: "We have a bow and arrow and if we aim well, we can hit the target. The problem is that Bayern has a bazooka. The probability that they will hit the target is clearly higher. But then Robin Hood was apparently quite successful."
On his playing career: "I never succeeded in bringing to the field what was going on in my brain. I had the talent for the fifth division, and the mind for the Bundesliga. The result was a career in the second division."
On Bayern: "They are like the Chinese in the business world. They look at what others are doing and copy it, just with more money."
Losing the 2013 Champions League final: "The only thing I can say is that it was great. London is the town of the Olympic Games. The weather was good, everything is OK. Only the result is s***."
On having had a hair transplant: "Yes, it's true. I underwent a hair transplant. And I think the results are really cool, don't you?"
On being sent to the stands: "I'm a bit proud of my first red card as coach. I approached the fourth official and said 'How many mistakes are allowed here? If it is 15 then you have one more.'"

"I am hoping that Jurgen Klopp will give me the same support and backing as we've had."

The imminent arrival of Klopp as Liverpool's new manager has resulted in a clear-out of many of predecessor Brendan Rodgers' backroom staff.

It is understood assistant manager Sean 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.

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It is believed former Reds midfielder McAllister has been offered a role of an ambassadorial nature within the club but has yet to decide whether to take it up.

The former Scotland international took training this morning along with one member of staff in 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.

Changes to the coaching staff were inevitable as Klopp wants to bring in the trusted men he had beside him during his success at Borussia Dortmund.

Liverpool later confirmed the backroom departures in a statement.

"Liverpool Football Club can confirm Sean O'Driscoll, Gary McAllister, Glen Driscoll and Chris Davies have left their respective first-team roles at the club," it said.

"The club would like to place on record its thanks to all four men for the professionalism, commitment and dedication they have displayed during their time here, and the positive impact they have had in helping to support football operations and the team.

"McAllister will remain with the club, albeit in a different role, not connected to first-team duties.

"The Scot has accepted an ambassadorial position, which will allow the club to benefit from his strong connection and affinity with the supporters.

"The club would also like to take this opportunity to wish Sean, Glen and Chris every success in the future."

What happens next?

Jurgen Klopp will be unveiled as Liverpool's new manager at 10am on Friday morning after the club called an Anfield press conference for "a major announcement".

It is understood all negotiations have been concluded with the former Borussia Dortmund boss, who flew into Liverpool's John Lennon Airport on Thursday shortly after 5pm via private jet from his home town.

From there he will be 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 has yet to sign what is understood to be a three-year contract but the fact he is arriving on Merseyside makes that part of the deal a formality.

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