Talks between Liverpool FC and Jurgen Klopp’s camp seem to be progressing well by the looks of things. Here is the latest on Liverpool’s pursuit of the German manager, as reported by top Merseyside journalists.
Vinny O’Connor of Sky Sports:
“Liverpool’s talks with Jurgen Klopp over the vacant manager’s position at Anfield are progressing well, according to Sky sources.
If he does take over at Anfield he is expected to bring his former Dortmund assistant, Bosnian Zeljko Buvac, with him. Buvac is known as ‘The Brain’ due to his tactical knowledge and Klopp has described him as a “master of every form of training.”
Klopp could also bring another of his former Dortmund coaches with him. Peter Krawietz, who never played professional football, specialises as a video analyst.”
Tony Barrett of The Times:
“Liverpool hope to have Jürgen Klopp installed as their new manager by the end of the week and that the German has informed them of his desire to bring Peter Krawietz and Željko Buvač, who formerly worked with him at Dortmund, to Anfield with him.
FSG are also prepared to allow Klopp to have final say on signings and that they are interested in offering Steven Gerrard a role as part of the coaching staff shake-up, as long as Klopp is in favour of the idea.
Ben Smith of BBC:
“Negotiations between Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp going well, and the appointment could be made before the end of the week. ”
James Pearce of The Liverpool Echo:
“Liverpool are increasingly confident that Jurgen Klopp will agree to become the club’s new manager.
The Reds officially opened talks with the former Borussia Dortmund boss on Monday – 24 hours after Brendan Rodgers was relieved of his duties following the 1-1 draw with Everton at Goodison.
Klopp has indicated his desire to spearhead the club’s revival and Liverpool hope to confirm his appointment by the end of this week, if everything goes to plan he will pen a three-year contract.
Negotiations are being conducted by Ian Ayre with the Liverpool chief executive liaising closely with Boston-based owners John W Henry, Tom Werner and Mike Gordon.
Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti also came under serious consideration but Klopp has always been Liverpool’s No 1 target to succeed Rodgers.
Fenway Sports Group were interested in Klopp back in the summer of 2012 but at that time he informed them he wouldn’t be leaving the Bundesliga outfit.
Klopp is set to bring with him two members of his backroom staff from his time at Dortmund – Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz. As a result assistant boss Sean O’Driscoll and first team coach Gary McAllister are expected to follow Rodgers out of the club.”
Paul Joyce of The Express:
“Jurgen Klopp WILL become Liverpool manager by the end of the week.”