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Revealed: Jurgen Klopp agrees £7m-a-year deal with Liverpool and will be unveiled on Friday

Simon Hughes

Published 08/10/2015 | 16:19

Jurgen Klopp (second left) is escorted away after arriving at John Lennon Airport, Liverpool today.
Jurgen Klopp (second left) is escorted away after arriving at John Lennon Airport, Liverpool today.
Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has agreed to become Liverpool’s manager on a £7m-a-year deal and will arrive on Merseyside this afternoon after flying in from Dortmund.

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Klopp will be unveiled at Anfield tomorrow morning at 10am where he will be accompanied Liverpool chairman, Tom Werner who is expected to land in the United Kingdom this evening having travelled from his base in Los Angeles.

Klopp will spend the night in a Liverpool city centre hotel where he will sign a three-year deal with the option of a fourth.

Klopp will bring with him his own backroom team of Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz, colleagues at his former club, Borussia Dortmund.

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The appointments beckoned the end of Sean O’Driscoll’s brief spell as assistant manager and while first team coach Gary McAllister has had his role filled too, the Scot could be offered a different position within the club.

Fitness coach Ryland Morgans remains on the staff but Glen Driscoll – the head of performance – and Chris Davies – the head of opposition analysis, will depart under the new regime.

A decision has not yet been taken on the future of goalkeeping coach John Achterberg. Wolfgang de Beer, the specialist who worked under Klopp at the Westfalenstadion, has been at Dortmund since 2001 and remains in place under Klopp’s successor, Thomas Tuchel.

Klopp will earn £7million a year as Liverpool manager. His recruitment is a significant coup by owners Fenway Sports Group, who persuaded the German to end his planned year-long sabbatical from the game after only four months.

Klopp is a two-time Bundesliga winner and in 2013, steered Dortmund to the Champions League final where they lost narrowly to Bayern Munich.

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Liverpool later confirmed the backroom departures in a statement.

"Liverpool Football Club can confirm Sean O'Driscoll, Gary McAllister, Glen Driscoll and Chris Davies have left their respective first-team roles at the club," it said.

"The club would like to place on record its thanks to all four men for the professionalism, commitment and dedication they have displayed during their time here, and the positive impact they have had in helping to support football operations and the team.

"McAllister will remain with the club, albeit in a different role, not connected to first-team duties.

"The Scot has accepted an ambassadorial position, which will allow the club to benefit from his strong connection and affinity with the supporters.

"The club would also like to take this opportunity to wish Sean, Glen and Chris every success in the future."

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