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Klopp Expected to Arrive on Thursday

Having agreed to become Liverpool's next manager, Jurgen Klopp is expected to arrive on Merseyside on Thursday before being unveiled by the club on Friday.

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With Jurgen Klopp believed to have agreed a deal in principle that would make him Liverpool's next manager, the German is expected to arrive in Liverpool on Thursday before being officially unveiled on Friday. The club promised a decisive and timely search for a new manager, and it's clear they've done just that.

Some fans who had hoped the appointment would be announced as early as Wednesday will be disappointed to find they have to wait a little while longer, but with the club reportedly already preparing his unveiling, it does look as though the deal is all but done. It is now safe to say Jurgen Klopp will be Liverpool's next manager.

"He's not only a very good manager, he's a friend of mine, and he's very, very honest and very sympathetic," said Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke when asked about the presumed next step his former manager was preparing to take this week, though he was careful not to confirm just what that next step would be.

"He's a very good coach and he has the mentality for it. He has a good style of football, and I don't know if he goes to Liverpool or another club, but whoever gets him gets a very good manager. Every player he has, he makes them better. He brings a warm feeling to the whole club, and in seven years here, it was wonderful."

Liverpool currently sit 10th in England after eight games, but it's early enough in the season that despite their often poor play and middling results they are still only three points off the top four—and they're doing better than Chelsea, mired in 16th after a disastrous start to the season for Jose Mourinho's title defenders.

That will likely have played into Fenway Sports Group's decision to make a change. Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers appeared to be continuing down a disappointing path they had been on since the start of last season. A change early enough—and with a manager like Klopp available—means there's still time to turn things around.

If everything goes to plan over the next few days, Liverpool's next match and Klopp's first in the Premier League will be at White Hart Lane on Saturday, October 17th in the weekend's early kickoff.

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