Liverpool venture into a new era under Jurgen Klopp

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 08 October 2015, 14:36

Jurgen Klopp Klopp has been appointed the new Liverpool manager, signing a three-year contract with the Merseyside club. The charismatic German replaces the sacked Brendan Rodgers, who was sent packing on Sunday after three-and-a-half-years in charge at Anfield.

  • Klopp becomes only the second German to manage in the Premier League, after Felix Magath.
  • Klopp will be assisted by Zelkjo Buvac and Peter Krawietz, who both worked with him at Borussia Dortmund.

Klopp, 48, was enjoying a sabbatical, having left Borussia Dortmund back in May, but the lure of Liverpool proved to be too much for the two-time Bundesliga winner, who has long been an admirer of the Merseyside club and its famed history.

Liverpool had also been interested in former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, 56, but the unemployed Italian is believed to be enjoying his time off, instead prefering a comeback next season: Next Man City Manager anyone?

Klopp's appointment has been applauded from all angles, with former players, supporters and journalists describing the match as a perfect fit. The former Dortmund gaffer will bring energy, emotion, passion and personality to his new role, as he bids to propel the 10th-placed Reds up the Premier League table, following an underwhelming start to the season (12 points from eight games).

Klopp's first match in charge is a televised clash at Tottenham on Saturday 17 October (BT Sport, 12.45pm). The Reds make the trip down to the capital with just one win (in 90 minutes) to their name from their last nine games, while a rejuvenated Spurs have taken 10 points from their last four top-flight games, which includes a 4-1 battering of title favourites Man City.

Klopp's First Five Fixtures

  • Premier Legue: Tottenham (a)
  • Europa League: Rubin Kazan (h)
  • Premier League: Southampton (h)
  • League Cup: Bournemouth (h)
  • Premier League: Chelsea (a) Liverpool Betting Specials

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