Wagner joined Dortmund in 2011 and worked closely with Klopp for four years before leaving earlier this week. Highly respected and sharing the same principles as Liverpool’s new boss, Wagner was largely expected to join Klopp on Merseyside as his number two following his appointment last month.
However, following the sacking of Chris Powell at Huddersfield Town early Wednesday, fresh reports in The Telegraph state that the 44-year-old coach is instead set to join The Terriers.
“Jurgen Klopp’s former assistant at Borussia Dortmund, David Wagner, will reject an approach from Liverpool to take over at Huddersfield Town,” the report states.
Huddersfield are currently managerless after taking the bold decision to sack Powell despite sitting in mid-table in the Championship and relatively safe from the bottom three.
Powell had a tough job on his hands at the John Smith’s Stadium following the sales of key players Jacob Butterfield, Conor Coady and Alex Smithies during the summer.
With very little in terms of money spent on incoming players, the former Charlton Athletic man tried to integrate youngsters into the team and his sacking could be construed as very harsh.
Still, Wagner is an ambitious move and following a playing career at clubs such as Mainz, Schalke 04 and SV Darmstadt 98 as well as his role at Dortmund, he would bring an exciting brand of football.
The report goes on to say that the former US international striker will be appointed within 48 hours and will watch Saturday’s Yorkshire derby against Leeds United from the stands.