10/08/2015 11:02 EDT | Updated 10/08/2016 01:12 EDT

Person familiar with situation says Juergen Klopp headed to Liverpool to become manager

LONDON — A person familiar with the situation says Juergen Klopp is headed to Liverpool to take over as manager of the Premier League club.

The person says Klopp is due to land in Liverpool later Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Klopp has yet to sign a contract.

Liverpool has called a news conference to present Klopp on Friday. Brendan Rodgers was fired on Sunday following an 18-month slump since nearly winning the Premier League title in 2014.

Klopp, one of the most respected and charismatic coaches in Europe, left Dortmund at the end of last season after guiding the club to two German league titles and a Champions League final.

His first match in charge of Liverpool will be against Tottenham on Oct. 17.

Rob Harris, The Associated Press