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Jurgen Klopp 'a great coach,' says Liverpool midfielder Emre Can

Liverpool's Emre Can has given his backing to Jurgen Klopp ahead of the coach's expected appointment as the Reds' new manager.

Sources have confirmed to ESPN FC that Liverpool plan to hire former Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp by the end of the week.

The Anfield club are seeking a new manager after they sacked Brendan Rodgers on Sunday following an inconsistent start to the season.

And Germany international Can, who signed for Liverpool from Bayer Leverkusen in 2014, rates the out-of-work Klopp highly.

Speaking to Die Welt before Rodgers' departure, Can said: "Jurgen Klopp is certainly a great coach. I think that he's proven in Dortmund that he could fit in at any club in the world."

Can also reflected on Liverpool's slump in form, adding: "Even if at the moment it's primarily Brendan Rodgers who's being shot at, in the end we as players are responsible for the situation at Liverpool. Rodgers has done good work -- always.

"But the situation is that we've had a dip at Liverpool that's cost us a couple of games."

Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has also backed Klopp ahead of his likely appointment at Anfield.

Watzke told Sky Sports News: "He is not only a very good manager, he's a friend of mine and he's very, very honest and very sympathetic. He is a very good coach because he has a good mentality for it.

"He has a good style of playing football and I don't know if he goes to Liverpool or to another club but the club who gets him gets a very good manager.

"He can do every job, he can make every club, and Liverpool is very similar to Borussia Dortmund -- it has the same structure and the same fans. It is a marvellous club.

"Every player he has in his hands, he makes them better, you can be sure. It is wonderful to work with him because he has a big understanding of the problems of the club.

"He brings a warm feeling to the whole club and in seven years at Borussia Dortmund it was wonderful."

Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, who Klopp brought from Nurnburg in 2011, was asked about his former coach on Tuesday.

"I haven't had any contact with him for a few days now and I also don't talk about such things with him," Gundogan said at a news conference ahead of Germany's Euro 2016 qualifier against Republic of Ireland.

"I haven't really followed what's been written in the last few weeks either. Jurgen Klopp would fit in to a lot of clubs and in my opinion with Liverpool too, so you can imagine it happening.

"I think Jurgen Klopp is capable of helping out a lot of the top clubs in the world."

Derby boss Paul Clement feels Carlo Ancelotti would be a good appointment for Liverpool.

Meanwhile, Carlo Ancelotti's former assistant Paul Clement has backed the Italian for the role at Anfield, having been tipped as Klopp's main rival for the position.

"He had a great career as a player, and a sterling career as a manager -- in terms of the clubs he's managed," Derby County boss Clement told Sky Sports.

"The three wins in the Champions League -- [managing] in England, France and Italy as well. He's got all the credibility, he's a fantastic man-manager.

"He's enjoying a little bit of rest at the moment but he's got a lot to offer."

However, sources have told ESPN FC that Ancelotti would be reluctant to take the Liverpool job.

ESPN FC correspondent Mark Rodden contributed to this report

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