Liverpool have agreed a three-year deal with Jurgen Klopp, with the manager currently flying to Liverpool to sign on the dotted line. Official confirmation from the club later tonight remains a possibility, but failing that, we now know the club’s next manager will be unveiled at a press conference at 10AM BST on Friday morning.
Given that Klopp to Liverpool is a secret pretty much everyone knows at this point, the club took the unusual step today of announcing tomorrow’s "major" press conference and giving fans viewing options well ahead of time. After 16 months of dire football and middling results, to say Liverpool fans have been reinvigorated by the news would be an understatement.
Liverpool will be Klopp’s first job outside of Germany, where he managed Borussia Dortmund for seven seasons following seven years spent with FSV Mainz 05. He spent his playing career at Mainz, starting out as a striker but moving into the defence half way through. In total, he played 337 games and scored 52 goals for them as a one-club man.
As Dortmund manger, Klopp had a 56.3% win rate over his seven seasons in charge, winning the Bundesliga twice, the DLF Supercup three times, and the BFB Pokal once. Dortmund were Champions League finalists in 2012-13, losing in the end to league rivals Bayern Munich. He becomes Liverpool’s ninth permanent manager of the Premier League era.