Liverpool confirm Jurgen Klopp as new manager


By Toby Prince

Jurgen KloppLiverpool on Thursday confirmed German coach Jurgen Klopp as their new manager.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss succeeds Brendan Rodgers, who was sacked by Liverpool’s American owners on Sunday.

“Liverpool Football Club are delighted to announce Jurgen Klopp has been appointed as the club’s new manager,” the club said in a statement on their official Twitter account.

“The German coach has signed a deal to take the helm at the Reds and will be presented at a press conference at Anfield on Friday morning.”

Klopp, whose first game in charge will be against Tottenham on October 17, arrives with Liverpool languishing in 10th place in the Premier League.

The German is said to have agreed to a three-year contract under which he would earn more than £4 million a year.

“Yes, from tomorrow, I’m 24/7 a Liverpool man, but now I have to do some private things,” Klopp told a Sky Sports News reporter via an intercom system outside his house in Germany.

He is expected to bring in Bosnian Zeljko Buvac, his assistant both at Dortmund and Mainz, and coach Peter Krawietz as key members of his backroom staff.

Klopp comes to Liverpool with a lofty reputation after leading Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles in seven years, while finishing as Champions League runners-up in 2013.

However, Dortmund struggled last season, finishing seventh in the Bundesliga and losing the German Cup final in Klopp’s final game in charge before he quit at the end of the season, saying he wanted a sabbatical.