The wait is nearly over after widespread reports indicating that Jürgen Klopp is close to becoming the next Liverpool manager. The ever-reliable Ben Smith from the BBC expects confirmation to arrive later on Thursday after the 48-year-old finalises a deal with the club on Merseyside. It appears that it'll be difficult to stop Klopp from officially becoming a hero of the Kop.
The details have been widely reported, but more information should arrive after Klopp arrives on Merseyside. So, what do we know from reports? Klopp wants two key staff members who worked with him at Borussia Dortmund—Željko Buvač and Peter Krawietz—to join him as part of a new coaching team at Anfield. A three-year contract is on offer, and working within the current structure designed to identify and recruit players is not believed to be an obstacle to the deal.
#LFC expect to confirm Jurgen Klopp as their new manager late on Thursday. The German due on Merseyside in the morning— Ben Smith (@BenSmithBBC) October 7, 2015
The sheer number of notable figures connected to German football who have spoken on the deal underline how close to completion it is. The names are impressive: Franz Beckenbauer, Lothar Matthäus, Stefan Effenberg, Mats Hummels, İlkay Gündoğan, Dietmar Hamann, Paul Lambert, Joachim Löw, and Hans-Joachim Watzke have all shared their opinions on what Klopp can offer Merseyside's finest. He's clearly a big deal in his homeland.
Success is not guaranteed, but Jürgen Klopp represents a significant coup for the club. It's not too far away so avoid sleeping, working, studying, or doing anything else that will distract you from finally receiving the confirmation that Jürgen Klopp und Liverpool ist offiziell.