Jürgen Klopp Signs on with Liverpool — Klopp at the Kop

Jürgen Klopp, the German manager who resigned from Borussia Dortmund last spring, has signed a three-year contract with Liverpool FC for a reported minimum salary of £5m a year, subject to additional bonuses upon LFC earning an EPL title or Champions League berth with Klopp in charge.  The club announced the news Thursday.

Klopp, 48, was born in Stuttgart and played professionally for his entire 12 year career at 1.FSV Mainz 05, where he featured in 337 matches and scored 52 goals.  He became manager at the club in February, 2001 following his retirement as a player, coaching Mainz to a record of 109 wins, 78 draws and 83 losses through June, 2008, when he took over the coaching duties at Borussia Dortmund.  With Dortmund, he recorded 170 wins, 69 draws and 70 losses while winning Bundesliga titles in 2010/2011 and 2011/2012, a DFB Pokal title in 2011/2012 and led BvB to the UEFA Champions League final in 2012/2013, where they lost to Bayern Munich.  Despite a disappointing season in 2014/2015, Klopp did manage to get Dortmund to the Pokal final, where they lost to VfL Wolfsburg.

Klopp’s very tangible enthusiasm on the sidelines, his faith in young, untried players and his ability to develop those young players into an effective unit were hallmarks of his time at Dortmund. Klopp turned over the roster he inherited and had his greatest success with a very young squad.  Klopp was also, until his final season at Dortmund, able to continually bring in new talent in tandem with Sporting Director Michael Zorc and successfully integrate them into his squad following what became an annual loss of top Dortmund talent to higher bidders after Dortmund began winning titles, a list of important contributors that included Lucas Barrios, Nuri Şahin, Shinji Kagawa, Mario Götze and Robert Lewandowski.

LFCAt Liverpool, Klopp will face the challenge of leading a Reds side that is only 10th in the EPL table, having won only four of their eleven 2015/2016 matches in all competitions. Replacing Brendan Rodgers, who was fired Sunday after joining LFC in June, 2012, Klopp will be expected to lift LFC to its former glory, a glory that has seen 18 English championships, seven FA Cups, five European Cup/Champions League trophies and so much more.  Rodgers was able to bring LFC to 2nd place in 2013/2014, but in fact LFC have not won the Premiership in 25 years nor the FA Cup in a decade.

Liverpool’s official introduction of Klopp as their new coach will occur at a 10:00 BST news conference on Friday.  With the international break going on, the German will debut on the sidelines for Liverpool at Tottenham on October 17.  His debut at Anfield will be Thursday the 22nd in a Europa League match against Rubin Kazan, while his league debut in front of the Kop faithful will be the following Sunday October 25 fixture against Southampton.

For further insight into Klopp’s time at Dortmund, the Bundesliga Fanatic archives include:

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Gerry Wittmann

Gerry is the founder of the Bundesliga Fanatic. Besides loving German football, he also enjoys the NBA, collecting jerseys and LPs, his pets and wishes he had more time for fishing, bicycling and learning the bass guitar.