Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Jurgen Klopp to Liverpool: Has he been pictured in Liverpool buying an Audi RS6 ahead of an early unveiling?

Published 07/10/2015

Jürgen Klopp is set to be unveiled as the new Liverpool manager this week, but has the former Borussia Dortmund head coach been spotted in the city already ahead of an early unveiling on Thursday?

Klopp looks certain to succeed Brendan Rodgers as manager at Anfield after the Northern Irishman was dismissed last Sunday, just hours after Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw with Merseyside rivals Everton at Goodison Park.

Rodgers was in charge of the Reds since he replaced Kenny Dalglish in 2012, but after three consecutive seasons without any silverware, the decision was taken to sack him regardless of the result in the Merseyside derby.

In fact, Liverpool’s American owners, Fenway Sports Group, had decided the week before to make do with Rodgers and end his reign in charge. The availability of Klopp – who left Dortmund at the end of last season – is believed to have rushed that decision, while Carlo Ancelotti and Frank de Boer were other names in the mix for the job.

But Klopp looks almost certain to be the next Liverpool manager and one eagle-eyed fan claims to have taken a photograph of Klopp believed to be purchasing a car at an Audi dealership in Liverpool.

It's unclear whether the person in the photograph is Klopp as their face is obscured, and it was previously thought that Klopp would not arrive in the city until Thursday.

It is understood that Klopp will put pen to paper on a three-year deal after buying into the history and romance that surrounds Liverpool Football Club, and given his incredibly strong relationship with the Dortmund supporters during his spell at the club, he is set to be a firm fan-favourite with the Anfield faithful.

Despite the belief being that Klopp would be unveiled as Liverpool manager on Friday, the BBC is reporting that the announcement could come on Thursday, and adds weight to the argument that the man in the picture is indeed the future Liverpool manager. Should either prove to be the case, however, Klopp will have plenty of time to get used to his surroundings at both Anfield and their Melwood training base as the Premier League does not resume until after the international break, with Liverpool’s next game coming against Tottenham in the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday 17 October.



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.'"

Update: Not Klopp, it's John the Audi salesman

Independent News Service

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph