New Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp celebrated his appointment by having dinner with senior club staff after flying into the city on Thursday evening, writes James Pearce in the Liverpool Echo.
The ex-Borussia Dortmund boss put pen to paper on a three-year contract with chief executive Ian Ayre and chairman Tom Werner after he arrived at John Lennon Airport on a private jet from Germany earlier in the day.
The appointment was confirmed at 9pm on Thursday in a simple two-line statement on the Reds’ official website:
“Liverpool Football Club are delighted to announce Jurgen Klopp has been appointed as the club’s new manager.
“The German coach has signed a deal to take the helm at the Reds and will be presented at a press conference at Anfield on Friday morning.”
Klopp celebrated his new role by having dinner with club staff at the city’s Hope Street Hotel.
He was joined by Werner, who had flown in from Boston to greet the new manager, as well as Ayre, first-team development coach Pep Lijnders, goalkeeping coach John Achterberg, Academy director Alex Inglethorpe, club doctor Andy Massey and head physio Chris Morgan.
Klopp, who is the 20th manager in Liverpool’s 123-year history, will face the world’s media when he is presented at a press conference at Anfield at 10am on Friday.
Klopp was always owners Fenway Sports Group’s first choice after the decision was taken to sack Rodgers. Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz, who Klopp worked with at Borussia Dortmund, are joining his backroom staff.
Experienced Bosnian coach Buvac will be Klopp’s No 2, while Krawietz will be the video analyst.
First-team coach Gary McAllister has left his role, but has agreed to take on an ambassadorial role. Achterberg and Lijnders are both staying put.
A club statement added: “Lverpool Football Club can confirm Sean O’Driscoll, Gary McAllister, Glen Driscoll and Chris Davies have left their respective first-team roles at the club.
“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.”
Klopp’s first game in charge will be away to Tottenham in the Premier League on October 17.