Liverpool close in on a three-year deal with Klopp
The Anfield club's American owners have coveted the former Borussia Dortmund manager for nearly five years but his appointment will trigger yet another backroom reshuffle
On the eve of their five-year anniversary Fenway Sports Group are finally on the verge of landing the manager they have always coveted at the third attempt as Jurgen Klopp closes in on a three-year deal.
At the start of January 2011, Roy Hodgson was requesting more time to buy his own players and impart his philosophy at the club. Over in Dortmund, Klopp was distancing himself from reports linking him with the Liverpool job.
Klopp was out of Liverpool's orbit at the time, while he was busy restoring Borussia Dortmund to the very top of the European game. And while there was no official approach, he insisted, there was already a deep admiration.
The German manager's cold shoulder did not stop FSG reaching out again a year later when club legend Kenny Dalglish, Hodgson's replacement, was released from his second spell in the Anfield dugout.
The former Mainz boss was a premier candidate on the list of potential successors in 2012, as the owners believed a young, unconventional appointment would be the best way to re-energise and rebuild. But still, Klopp was unattainable.
"I have been made aware of interest in England, and it is an honour to be linked with big clubs in the Premier League," he said. "I love it here and have no intention of changing clubs."
Brendan Rodgers was appointed in June 2012, and on Sunday, like with Hodgson four years earlier, he was hoping he'd be afforded more time. Again, like four years earlier, Klopp was in the background, but this time it was different.
This time, FSG are odds-on to finally land their man and Goal understands the 48-year-old has indicated his interest in taking over at Anfield.
Negotiations with the double German Manager of the Year are at an advanced stage, with the understanding he will head to Merseyside in the next 48 hours. The club are confident of finalising matters by Friday.
Klopp is expected to bring with him his former assistant at Dortmund, Zeljko Buvac, as well as the coach, Peter Krawietz.
That would see another overhaul of Liverpool's backroom staff, with uncertain futures for Sean O'Driscoll and Gary McAllister, who were only appointed in the summer.
Early indications are that the highly-rated Pepijn Lijnders, who was promoted from his role with the Under-16s to become first-team development coach in July, will be retained. Alex Inglethorpe, too, should remain in charge at the Academy.
The club are eager to finalise all matters as soon as possible, to give the new manager enough time to prepare for the trip to Tottenham on October 17.
Liverpool must also still agree a compensation figure with Rodgers, who was under contract until 2018. The 42-year-old has travelled to Malaga for a short holiday following his dismissal. It will be a period of relaxation, but also reflection.
When the Northern Irishman was released by Reading in December 2009, he headed to Dubai for 10 days where he reviewed his tenure and made personal notes on his experiences. Rodgers should be entitled to £10 million from Liverpool, but it is thought he will be offered £7m.
The 42-year-old has dealt with his departure in a dignified manner, and is expected to take a break before considering his next job.