Liver­pool close in on

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Liver­pool hope to ap­point Jur­gen Klopp to re­place sacked man­ager Bren­dan Rodgers by the end of the week.

The for­mer Borus­sia Dort­mund coach is favourite to take over from the North­ern Ir­ish­man, with exChelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti also a con­tender.

Ger­man Klopp, 48, is un­der­stood to be open to the idea of a move.

Talks with his rep­re­sen­ta­tives are pro­gress­ing well and the club want a new man­ager in place to pre­pare for a visit to Tot­ten­ham on 17 Oc­to­ber.

In a state­ment is­sued by the League Man­agers’ As­so­ci­a­tion on his be­half, Rodgers, 42, said he was “in­cred­i­bly dis­ap­pointed” his three-and-a-half-year ten­ure at An­field was over.

“It has been both an hon­our and a priv­i­lege to man­age one of the game’s great clubs,” said the North­ern Ir­ish­man, who was sacked af­ter Sun­day’s 1-1 Mersey­side derby draw at Ever­ton.

“I have worked ev­ery day to rep­re­sent the club to the best of my abil­ity, to de­velop both in­di­vid­ual play­ers and a team that the club’s mag­nif­i­cent fans can be proud of.

“There have been some very mem­o­rable mo­ments dur­ing my time at Liver­pool and I would like to thank all of the play­ers for their hard work and com­mit­ment.”

Rodgers, who said he is in no rush to take another job, added the Reds squad was in tran­si­tion but was show­ing a “strong sense of to­geth­er­ness”.

Ne­go­ti­a­tions will now take place over his sev­er­ance pack­age, which could cost Liver­pool in ex­cess of £5m.

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