Klopp takes over as Liverpool manager

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How Liverpool FC announced the news of Jurgen Klopp's arrival as he sits alongside Chief Executive, Ian Ayre. Screengrab © Liverpool FC/Twitter, photo via Liverpool FC/Getty Images

How Liverpool FC announced the news of Jurgen Klopp’s arrival as he sits alongside Chief Executive, Ian Ayre. Screengrab © Liverpool FC/Twitter, photo via Liverpool FC/Getty Images

Liverpool FC have tonight confirmed the appointment of German Jurgen Klopp as their new manager, following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers on Sunday evening.

Klopp will make his first appearance before the media at a press conference on Friday morning, after agreeing terms with Liverpool earlier this week.

A photo was released on the club website of Klopp putting pen to paper on his three-year contract to make the announcement official.

The 48-year-old is best known for his time at Borussia Dortmund, where he won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2010/11 and 2011/12. He also led his team to the Champions League final in 2012/13 at Wembley Stadium, before losing out to Bayern Munich 2-1.

After leaving the German outfit back in May to take a sabbatical, it was speculated that he would later replace Pep Guardiola at Bayern. However, he will now lead Liverpool into the future and his arrival is likely to be welcomed by many Reds supporters.

As Klopp takes over at Anfield, he is due to bring assistant manager Zeljko Buvac and analyst Peter Krawietz with him.

Bosnian Buvac, who was Klopp’s team-mate at Mainz from 1992-95, has worked with the German for the last 14 seasons at both Mainz and Dortmund. The new Liverpool boss has, in the past, nicknamed his right-hand man ‘The Brain’ of his coaching staff.

Jurgen Klopp becomes the 20th Liverpool FC manager. Pic © Tim Reckmann / Wikimedia Creative Commons

Jurgen Klopp becomes the 20th Liverpool FC manager. Pic © Tim Reckmann / Wikimedia Creative Commons

Coaches Sean O’Driscoll and Gary McAllister, both drafted in by Rodgers only this summer, have also been axed from their roles to make way for the new regime, though Scot McAllister remains at the club in an ambassadorial position.

Due to the international break, Klopp will take to the dugout in his first game next week against Tottenham Hotspur. His home debut in front of the Kop will have to wait until the team’s Europa League fixture versus Rubin Kazan on October 22nd.

Liverpool currently lie in 10th position in the Premier League, with just 12 points from eight games.

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