English Premiership team, Liverpool unveiled German coach Jurgen Klopp as their new manager, Thursday, on a three-year deal worth £15m.
Klopp, 48, replaces Brendan Rodgers, who was sacked by Liverpool’s American owners Fenway Sports Group on Sunday after three and a half years in charge of the club.
The Former Borussia Dortmund coach, has been out of work since May, when he ended a seven-year spell with the German Bundesliga side to take a sabbatical.
The statement on the Liverpool’s official Twitter account reads; “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.”
He will earn £5m a year, rising to £7m with bonuses for a Premier League title or Champions League qualification, and he is expected to bring his former assistants, Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz with him.
In his opening address to the club, the German described his role as the biggest honour in his career, calling himself ‘the normal one’.
He said; “I don’t want to describe myself.
“I’m a totally normal guy, I’m the Normal One.
“I’m back in the race, It’s the biggest honour I can imagine, one of the biggest clubs in the world. I’ve been given the opportunity to help in this situation, but it’s not so difficult as some people in this room think.
When asked what attracted him to the job, he said: “The intensity of football, how people live for football. It’s not a normal, usual club, it’s a special club.
“I had two very special clubs before and this role is the perfect next step for me.
“I’m a really lucky guy, really looking forward to first training and first match. I had a four-month holiday, everything is perfect,”
Asked about the expectation on his shoulders, he added: “Twenty-five years ago [since the last league title] is a long time. History is only the base for us, [we shouldn’t] keep the history in our backpack all day.
“I want to see the first step next week and not always compare with other times. This is a great club with big potential. Everything is there. Let’s try to start a new way.
“Everything is different – I don’t know it all but I’m a pretty good listener.
“I haven’t met my team yet. [My style is] emotion inside, its speed, it’s a transition game. All the things that make football interesting for me I want to see on the pitch.
“But it’s not the day for promising a certain style of football. Let’s start to work, let’s speak next week, let’s start normal work.
“I don’t compare myself with genius managers of Liverpool. It’s cool that some of you, and the fans are looking forward to the next few years and months, but none of these [past] managers said: ‘my target is to be a legend.
“This is a great club because of many, many great decisions in the past, now we have to work in the present.”
Klopp takes over a Liverpool side who have won only four of their 11 games in all competitions this season, languishing in 10th place in the Premier League.
His first game in charge will be against Tottenham on October 17.