Liverpool media round-up: Klopp announcement expected, new manager faces Coutinho battle

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A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Thursday morning.

Liverpool are expected to confirm the appointment of former Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp as their new manager today, according to the BBC.

Klopp is expected to sign a three-year deal when he lands this morning with a press conference expected to take place tomorrow.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Klopp will give the existing members of the squad a chance and won't embark on a overhaul of the squad at the first opportunity. 

The report goes on to say there will be the hope there won't be busy transfer windows like the last two summers but those that will see two or three new faces arrive at the most, with FSG believing the talent is there for the club to press on this season. 

The Daily Mirror has a couple of interesting reports to go with the imminent appointment of the 48-year-old, saying that LA Galaxy fear the German will ask for Steven Gerrard to return to Anfield. 

Gerrard ended his long association with the Reds in the summer to move to the MLS, but the Mirror does state that no offer has been made and that Klopp is expected to appoint his own backroom staff.

Furthermore, the Mirror says that Klopp could face a huge task keeping hold of Philippe Coutinho with Manchester City showing their interest should the Reds miss out on Champions League qualification again this season.

They say he could be a replacement for David Silva, with bidding possibly starting at around £50 million, and Barcelona are also lurking, according to the report.

However, his representative Kia Joorabchian responded to speculation in the Spanish press that he was talking about a possible move to Real Madrid, but has insisted he is happy on Merseyside.

He's quoted in the Daily Mail, saying: "Philippe is extremely happy at Liverpool. He signed a new long term contract towards the end of last season that represents his ambition and his feeling for Liverpool."

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