Jurgen Klopp set to become Liverpool manager on Friday
A source close to Liverpool tells The Sport Review that Jurgen Klopp will be appointed as the club's new manager on Friday
Liverpool will appoint Jurgen Klopp as their new manager on Friday, The Sport Review understands.
The charismatic German coach is the clear favourite to succeed Brendan Rodgers at Anfield after Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that he is not planning on returning to management until next season.
Klopp, who received backing from current and past Liverpool stars earlier this week, stood down as Borussia Dortmund manager in the summer after a seven-year reign in charge of the Bundesliga side.
A source close to Liverpool has now revealed to The Sport Review that Klopp, 48, is set to be confirmed as the new Reds manager on Friday, as has been widely reported in the British media in recent days.
Following his expected appointment, Klopp’s first job will be preparing his new team for a trip to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Saturday 17 October.
Liverpool are currently 10th in the Premier League table after a 1-1 draw with Everton in Sunday’s Merseyside derby. The Reds are six points behind leaders Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp fact-file
• Having spent his early playing career in the lower leagues and failing to break into Eintracht’s first team, Jurgen Klopp turned professional with Mainz, starting off as a striker before becoming a no-nonsense defender. Never played in the top flight but made 325 second-division appearances from 1990 to 2001, setting a club record by scoring 52 goals.
• Klopp was appointed Mainz’s caretaker coach on 28 February 2001, helping the club avoid relegation to the third tier. Duly won a permanent contract and built Mainz into one of the strongest clubs in the 2. Bundesliga; narrowly missed out on promotion in 2002 and 2003, Mainz losing out to Eintracht by a single goal in the latter campaign.
• Finally took Mainz into the top flight for the first time in 2004 and kept them in the Bundesliga until 2007, taking them into the 2005-06 Uefa Cup via the Fair Play ranking – they lost to eventual winners Sevilla in the first round.
• After another promotion near-miss in 2007-08, Klopp – whose enthusiasm and passion, plus work as a TV pundit, have made him popular all over Germany – left for Dortmund. Took them to sixth in his first season, led them into the Europa League the next year and then, with a squad full of exciting young talent, oversaw league title wins in 2010-11 and 2011-12, adding the German Cup in the latter campaign.
• Earned even greater admiration in the 2012-13 season as he steered Dortmund all the way to the Champions League final at Wembley, where they lost to Bayern Munich. Dortmund reached another domestic cup final in 2014, but again came up short against Bayern.