It was new that initially shocked everyone but then after time to reflect, was completely understandable – Brendan Rodgers finally being relieved of his managerial duties at Liverpool.
The news that former Borussia Dortmund manager Jürgen Klopp looks set to take the vacant position is also less surprising too, as the German coach has been touted as a potential replacement for Rodgers since leaving Dortmund at the end of last season.
The news came about a few hours after the Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool that ended 1-1. While the result of that game was by no means terrible, it proved to be the final straw in a run of bad form that can be dated back to the tail end of last season, particularly the 6-1 thrashing Liverpool suffered at the hands of Stoke city.
The club looked to be on a downward spiral since then (or before depending on whom you talk to) and the results were beginning to prove this point, as Liverpool have only won three games so far this season, rarely looking like a squad of players that are valued at the fifth highest in the league.
So the axe would come down after three years in charge for the Northern Irish manage, and it looks like a decision that was in the works for some time now. Rumours have been circling that the Rodgers would be sacked regardless of the outcome of what would turn out to be his last game between Liverpool and Everton.
What does seem apparent is the fact that FSG had Klopp in mind as a suitable replacement, and his availability may have spurned them on to make the decision. As one of the highest rated coaches in the world, Klopp resurrected the fortunes of one of Germany’s giants of football with Borussia Dortmund.
He would lead the club to historic back to back titles in 2011 and 2012, as well as winning a host of cups in Germany, not to mention reaching the Champions Lageu Final in 2013. Managing to turna team into one of the most feared in Europe is no small feat, and gives a good idea of why FSG were so quick to act in snapping up his services.
Talk of just how perfect the 48 year old would be for Liverpool continues to be said, with many touting him as the man to finally turn around the fortunes of the Merseyside club, who only have one trophy to their name since 2006.
Dortmund are a club with a similar history and cultureto Liverpool’s, featuring passionate fans who want a lot more than simply a manager but a leader, and one who understands the traditions and customs of the club.
Klopp is also regarded as a fine tactician as well as being a great backroom character. He is also said to be willing to work alongside the infamous transfer committee at Liverpool, having followed a similar structure in his time at Dortmund.
German footballing legend Franz Beckenbauer feels that Klopp and Liverpool is a perfect match,
“I think Klopp is best for the club,” he told BBC Radio 5 live. “It’s a fantastic combination. He can achieve similar things with Liverpool like he did with Dortmund.
“Jurgen will find out what the problem is there. Klopp and Liverpool will be a good couple.”
While nothing has been made official, it is believed that negotiations are progressing well, will Klopp expected to fly into to Liverpool before Friday to iron out the final details of his contract, rumoured to be three years. Klopp is also though to want to bring in some of his own backroom staff, with ZeljkoBuvac and Peter Krawietz having worked with him at Dortmund.
Liverpool are hoping the announcement official by Friday, resulting in a very quick turnaround for a new manager, having removed Rodgers from his position on Sunday. The fact it is currently international break alludes to the fact Liverpool had set their sights on Klopp and had a plan of action to bring him in quickly.
Providing there are no issues with the contract negotiations, it looks very likely that Klopp will be latest addition to the Premier League. With Liverpool only 3 points of fourth position, it remains to be seen just how ambitious the club can be this season.
Time will obviously be needed for a new manager at Liverpool regardless who he may be, yet if Klopp’s track record is anything to go by, Liverpool fans can certainly get themselves excited. The German is a proven winner unlike his predecessor, but the fact that Liverpool lack the same financial clout and allure of other clubs in the league prove he will have his work cut out to return the glory days to Anfield.
A trip to Tottenham on October 17th looks to be Jürgen Klopp maiden voyage as the newest Liverpool manger. Where he can steer the ship from there, only time will tell.