Anfield calling: Jurgen Klopp will be unveiled on Friday Photo: PA
By Chris Bascombe, Alistair Tweedale and Ben Bloom for The Telegraph
Jurgen Klopp will sign his Liverpool contract on his arrival in the city tonight. Klopp is Merseyside bound ahead of a club announcement confirming his appointment later today.
The 48-year-old is boarding a flight from Dortmund to Merseyside this afternoon and is expected at John Lennon in airport in a few hours. Although an official statement about the former Borussia Dormund’s appointment as Liverpool’s new manager is still to come, it is further confirmation of football’s worst kept secret.
Klopp has informed reporters in Germany he has already agreed terms – the three year contract widely reported earlier this week. Klopp will formally put pen to paper on all aspect of the deal later, with the formal announcement planned for tonight.
A press conference will happen on Friday morning at Anfield, before Klopp plans his first week’s training with the squad next week. Everything is now in place before Klopp’s unveiling, with a senior figures from Fenway Sports Group also heading to Merseyside for the press call. Klopp has already made key decisions regarding his staff.
Gary McAllister and Sean O’Driscoll were informed on Thursday they will not be part of the new backroom team. The coaches were only appointed during the summer, but Peter Krawietz and Bosnian Zeljko Buvac are joining Klopp at Anfield.
As well as McAllister and O’Driscoll, Liverpool’s head of opposition analysis Chris Davies – who joined the club with Rodgers in 2012 – is also heading out the club. So too is Head of Performance Glen Driscoll However, it is not a complete overhaul. Head of fitness and conditioning Ryland Morgans – one of the most highly rated in his field – is to be retained.
Morgans also works with the Welsh national team. There is also a place for the young coach Pep Lijnders who was promoted from within the Liverpool Academy at the end of last season.
Lijnders is an emerging coaching talent within the club so there was no question of him being relieved of his duties so soon after being rewarded for exceptional work with the young players. McAllister will hold further talks about an alternative role at the club.