Liverpool have opened talks with Jurgen Klopp over the vacant manager’s job at Anfield.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss is the Reds’ No 1 target to take over from Brendan Rodgers, who was relieved of his duties on Sunday following the 1-1 draw with Everton at Goodison.

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.

Liverpool insist no appointment is imminent but the ECHO understands the new manager could be announced before the end of this week.

Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has also come under serious consideration but the job will be Klopp’s if he agrees to work within the structure that exists that Anfield.

The appeal of securing the services of the 48-year-old German is clear. He transformed Dortmund into one of the most exciting teams in Europe as they won back to back Bundesliga titles and reached the 2013 Champions League final.

The charismatic coach breathed new life into the team which had lost its way and FSG believe he can repeat the trick at Anfield. Klopp has been out of management since he stepped down in May but has made it known in recent weeks that he’s ready to cut short his sabbatical.

Former Germany midfielder Stefan Effenberg believes his close friend is ideally suited to Liverpool.

“He gave me this answer a couple of weeks ago. He said: ‘I’m ready for a team that’s not on the highest level, to create something, to build something up’. This could be Liverpool, right?” he said.

“Liverpool is one of the greatest atmospheres. It’s pretty much the same as Dortmund. The fans stay with everything behind the club and this is what Jurgen Klopp likes and what he needs.

“So maybe, very soon, we’ll hear something from Jurgen Klopp, to make a decision, maybe, for Liverpool.”

Source: Liverpool Echo

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