Report: Liverpool to name Jurgen Klopp new club manager
Jurgen Klopp will be unveiled as Liverpool’s new manager on Friday morning after the club called an Anfield press conference for "a major announcement."
Press Association Sport understands all negotiations have been concluded with the former Borussia Dortmund boss, who is flying into Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport on Thursday afternoon via private jet from his home town.
From there he will be taken to a city center 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.
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, who moved swiftly and decisively to appoint Brendan Rodgers’ successor after he was sacked following Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Everton.
Klopp is expected to 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 in the day.
Press Association Sport understands 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.
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 on Thursday 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.