Liverpool are close to securing the services of Jurgen Klopp as the club’s new manager.
Talks with the former Borussia Dortmund boss and his representatives are progressing well and the hope is that negotiations will be completed over the next 24 to 48 hours.
The ECHO understands there is unlikely to be any official announcement on Wednesday but the Reds still hope to have Brendan Rodgers' successor in place before the weekend.
The Anfield hierarchy want to ensure Klopp has a full week to prepare for his first game in charge away to Tottenham in the Premier League on October 17.
Publicly, the 48-year-old has refused to be drawn on Liverpool’s interest as he told German newspaper Bild: “There’s nothing to say. Neither a definite yes nor a definite no.”
However, Klopp is ready to cut short his planned year-long sabbatical in order to spearhead an Anfield revival and he is expected to pen a three-year contract.
Former Germany captain and manager Franz Beckenbauer believes Liverpool will be getting one of the best coaches in world football.
“He is fantastic,” Beckenbauer said. “He is one of the best coaches I know in the whole world, and he was really a milestone for Borussia Dortmund.
“He took over the club and made them into a world-class team. If Liverpool has the chance to sign Jurgen Klopp then they should do it.
“He likes to talk. There are not many coaches left in the world that like to talk so much to the players but he is one of them.
“Liverpool is also one of the biggest clubs in the world, so Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp is definitely a good combination. He is also a winner.”
Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, who was bought by Klopp back in 2011, is also convinced the Red have made a wise choice.
“I’ve not had that much contact with him recently, and I’ve not followed much of what has been said, but I think Klopp would be a great fit at many clubs and I believe also at Liverpool,” the Germany international said.
“Of course it’s something I can see happening. I think Klopp is capable of helping many top clubs in the world.”
Source: Liverpool Echo
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