JURGEN KLOPP reportedly wanted reassurances from Liverpool that they would snap up two of his trusted lieutenants before he took over.
Jurgen Klopp succeeded Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool manager in October 2015.
The German came close to winning silverware as his side reached the finals of the Capital One Cup and Europa League.
This season, the Anfield outfit have been in terrific form, and find themselves just one point behind Chelsea in second spot in the Premier League table.
Klopp’s pressing philosophy has brought about good results on the pitch as well as an air of optimism around the city.
However, Liverpool may have struggled to get Klopp had he not got his way.
The Times claim that he wanted to ensure deals for assistant boss Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz were thrashed out before he put pen to paper.
Buvac was a former team-mate of Klopp during their time together at Mainz and Klopp rates him very highly.
Krawietz, who was chief scout at Mainz, also followed Klopp to Anfield.
But before discussing personal terms with club chiefs, Klopp was keen to stress that the aforementioned duo come as a team.
Meanwhile, Liverpool will be looking to keep up their good form without Philippe Coutinhowhen they face Bournemouth on Sunday (1:30pm).