By Alex Stevens
Jurgen Klopp insisted that Liverpool sealed deals for his two assistant coaches before agreeing personal terms on his own contract, according to a report.
The Times claim the Merseysiders’ German manager was so keen for his No2 Zeljko Buvac and first-team coach Peter Krawietz to join him at Anfield that he told Anfield chiefs the pair must be tied down first.
It is said that it came as a “surprise” to the Liverpool hierarchy that deals for Buvac and Krawietz were done before Klopp himself.
The trio worked together at Borussia Dortmund and Mainz before joining Liverpool in October 2015 following the sacking of former manager Brendan Rodgers.
They initially joined on three-year contracts but the deals were replaced in the summer, when Klopp and his assistants penned new six-year agreements.
Liverpool finished eighth in the Premier League last season but showed signs of progress by reaching the finals of the League Cup and the Europa League, which they lost to Manchester City and Sevilla respectively.
The Premier League giants have gone to a new level this season following the first pre-season in which the players worked with the new coaching regime.
Liverpool have accumulated 30 points from 13 Premier League matches, nine of which they have won and only one lost, to reach second in the table.
Klopp’s side are just a point adrift of leaders Chelsea, although the Merseysiders are the undoubted entertainment kings after scoring a division-high tally of 32 goals.
Liverpool have also reached the semi-finals of the League Cup, where they will play Southampton in a two-legged tie after beating Leeds 2-0 on Tuesday night.
In other Liverpool news, this is how the team are expected to line up against Bournemouth on Sunday.