Gary McAllister accepts Anfield ambassadorial role as Liverpool finally confirm Klopp as manager

Liverpool have confirmed the appointment of former Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp as their new manager.

The German signed a three-year deal, in a city centre hotel after flying into Liverpool John Lennon airport last night.

In a short statement on Twitter the club said: “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’s appointment immediately injects a feelgood factor into a club in need of it after they were humbled 3-0 at home by West Ham and only just scraped past League Two Carlisle on penalties in the Capital One Cup.

Klopp is expected to bring with him Bosnian Zeljko Buvac, his assistant both at Dortmund and Mainz before that, and coach Peter Krawietz.

In preparation for that the club began a clear-out of many of predecessor Rodgers’ backroom staff earlier in the day, with assistant manager Sean O’Driscoll and first team coach Gary McAllister — who were only brought in over the summer in an overhaul of coaching personnel — removed from their posts.

Meanwhile, Chelsea and Arsenal have been handed fines by the FA following the behaviour of their players in last month’s London derby.

In an ill-tempered game, Arsenal had both Gabriel and Santi Cazorla sent off as reigning Premier League champions Chelsea won 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

An FA statement read: “Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Chelsea and Arsenal have been fined £40,000 (€54,500) and £30,000 (€40,860) respectively and warned as to their future conduct after both clubs admitted a breach of FA Rule E20.”


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