Jurgen Klopp is close to finalising a deal that will make him the next manager of Liverpool Football Club, but it is not expected that his appointment will be announced on Wednesday. However, an understanding is believed to have been reached between the club and manager, and Klopp is likely to be officially unveiled before the end of the week.
Multiple reports from journalists ties to the club from the Liverpool Echo, BBC, and Times all suggest a 24 to 48 hour time frame is likely as the club and Klopp's representatives hammer out the final details of a contract. It is expected he will arrive on an initial three-year deal. The goal now is to get a deal done in time to give Klopp a full week to settle at his club before the match against Tottenham.
It has been reported by the German media today that Klopp has signalled to friends his intent to cut short his sabbatical and that he will manage again imminently. It is unknown which members of his backroom staff from Dortmund he will seek to bring with him to Liverpool, but at the very least Zeljko Buvac will be expected to come onboard as Klopp's assistant manager.
Klopp spent his entire playing career at FSV Mainz 05, where he made 337 appearances and scored 52 goals, starting out as a striker but moving back to play defence half way through. He took over as manager at Mainz in 2001 and stayed there until 2008, when he moved to manage Borussia Dortmund. He compiled a 56.3% win rate in 318 games as manager of Dortmund.
In his seven years in charge of Die Schwarzgelben, Klopp won the Bundesliga twice, the German cup once, and took Dortmund to the Champions League final in 2012-13, where in the end they fell to league rivals Bayern Munich. He was runner up in voting for FIFA's world coach of the year in 2013 and was named best manager in Germany in 2011 and 2012.