Saturday 29 April 2017

Klopp's best man's 'no' to Anfield

David Wagner worked closely with Klopp at Dortmund and was best man at his wedding
David Wagner worked closely with Klopp at Dortmund and was best man at his wedding

Jurgen Klopp's former assistant at Borussia Dortmund, David Wagner, is to reject an approach from Liverpool and instead take over at Championship strugglers Huddersfield Town. Wagner replaces Chris Powell, who was sacked yesterday.

Liverpool wanted Wagner to join Klopp after his departure from Dortmund this week. The 44-year-old worked closely with Klopp at Dortmund and was best man at his wedding. And though Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz have both moved to Anfield, the lure of a No 1 job proved stronger for Wagner, a former USA international.

During his time in charge of Dortmund's U23s, he established an impressive reputation for the high-intensity, pressing style of play for which Klopp has become renowned.

Huddersfield's chief executive Nigel Clibbens and head of football operations Stuart Webber are thought to be behind the appointment and Wagner will watch Saturday's Yorkshire derby against Leeds from the stands.

Powell's 14-month reign was ended less than 24 hours after Tuesday's 2-2 draw at Reading left the club in 18th place.

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