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£7m-a-year deal makes German best-paid boss in club's history

Chris Bascombe

Published 09/10/2015 | 02:30

Juergen Klopp was confirmed as Liverpool's 20th manager last night - and in doing so became the best paid in the club's history.

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Klopp signed a three-year deal worth an estimated £7m per year, with the option for an extension should the 48-year-old meet the club's objectives of Champions League participation during his tenure.

The German's arrival in the city sparked the kind of hysteria his predecessor Brendan Rodgers alluded to during his final weeks in charge - only this was all of a positive, vibrant and enthusiastic nature.

The Kop believes it has a kindred spirit in the dug-out, relating to Klopp's work ethic, charisma and - most importantly - his reputation as a winner.

When Klopp walks into Anfield's Centenary Stand's 'Red Lounge' this morning, a global media presence will underline how the appointment has caught the imagination of the football world.

There was no statement from the man himself on his arrival, although a television reporter secured a snatched interview prior to his departure from Germany.

Klopp signed a three-year deal worth an estimated £7m per year, with the option for an extension should the 48-year-old meet the club’s objectives of Champions League participation during his tenure
Klopp signed a three-year deal worth an estimated £7m per year, with the option for an extension should the 48-year-old meet the club’s objectives of Champions League participation during his tenure

"From tomorrow I will be a Liverpool man 24/7," he said through an intercom at his German home.

Every step of his journey from his house in Mainz to Merseyside, via Dortmund Airport, was tracked on social media - excitable supporters following the story digitally even monitored the flight path of the private jet carrying Klopp, his staff and family.

The German arrived at a Georgian Quarter hotel near Liverpool's city centre amid a throng of supporters. He was later joined by Liverpool chairman Tom Werner, who arrived from the USA to oversee the completion of the deal.

The pair then had dinner together, along with the coaching staff that remain at Liverpool following a day of change.

Bosnian Zeljko Buvac will become Klopp's assistant, while Peter Krawietz arrives as video analyst.

Klopp, 48, referred to Buvac as "the brain" and Krawietz "the eye" when the trio worked together at Borussia Dortmund. They started their association as a management team at Mainz in 2001 when Krawietz was the chief scout.

The changes mean the end of Sean O'Driscoll's brief spell at Anfield while Gary McAllister is being replaced as first-team coach and will move on to an ambassadorial role at the club.

The highly thought-of Dutchman Pep Lijnders remains on Klopp's staff along with fitness coach Ryland Morgans, who followed Rodgers from Swansea City three years ago. A decision has not yet been taken on the future of goalkeeping coach John Achterberg.

Irish Independent

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