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The Ger­man is ex­pected to be named as the new Kop boss by the week­end.

And he’ll have to get crack­ing straight away to keep Phillipe Coutinho at An­field.

Cred­i­ble re­ports in Spain are link­ing Liver­pool’s Brazil­ian schemer with a £50mil­lion move to Barcelona — and it could hap­pen in JAN­UARY.

Last week, Coutinho said he was only fo­cussed on stay­ing with the Reds and that he loved life on Mersey­side.

But he’s al­ready whistling a dif­fer­ent tune and is most def­i­nitely open to fol­low­ing Luis Suarez to the Cata­lan giants.

Los­ing Coutinho would be a ma­jor blow to Klopp, who faces mas­sive ex­pec­ta­tions if and when he suc­ceeds Bren­dan Rodgers.

The for­mer Borus­sia Dort­mund chief is on the verge of a three-year deal to take over at An­field.

The club’s Amer­i­can own­ers want him in place be­fore Liver­pool take on Tot­ten­ham af­ter the in­ter­na­tional break.

Karl-Heinz Riedle played for the Reds and Dort­mund and he thinks Klopp is the right man.

He said: “He is right 100 per cent for Liver­pool. The two clubs are sim­i­lar in terms of the fans.”

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