EXCLUSIVE | By Editor
Jurgen Klopp has been preparing to manage Liverpool for months, Football Insider sources understand.
The German has watched all of Liverpool’s matches this season as well as a large proportion of the team’s games in recent years.
He has also been taking English lessons to improve his fluency despite already being competent in the language.
Klopp’s preparations began even before he reached an agreement with the club to succeed Brendan Rodgers as manager.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss is set to be appointed on Thursday and then unveiled at a press conference on Friday.
Klopp will begin the job with a whirlwind of fact-finding meetings as he is introduced to key figures within the club, including staff from the coaching, medical, sports science, performance and recruitment departments.
He wants to be fully appraised of the club before he takes his main coaching sessions when the international players return in the middle of next week.
One source close to the club said: “Jurgen has been preparing for the job for months. He has been gaining a greater understanding of the team as well as improving his English. He is meticulous and wants to hit the ground running”.
Football Insider revealed last month that Klopp had been advised to keep a close eye on Liverpool’s matches as he prepared for a return to management.
The former Dortmund manager knew he was target was a target for the Merseysiders after being approached at the end of last season but chose to take a sabbatical from the game and Liverpool stuck with Brendan Rodgers.
But Klopp’s representatives urged him to closely monitor Liverpool among a number of teams during his break.
They wanted the 48-year-old to be as knowledgeable as possible about the team he was joining and to be well prepared should an appointment materialise.