Monday 18 December 2017

Liverpool sack four of Brendan Rodgers' assistants

It's all change at Anfield, with the Brendan Rodgers era a distant memory
It's all change at Anfield, with the Brendan Rodgers era a distant memory

Chris Bascombe

Gary McAllister and Sean O’Driscoll will not be a part of Jurgen Klopp's backroom team.

The pair were only recruited during the summer, but with the new manager bringing his own assistants there is no senior coaching role under the revamped regime. McAllister will stay on in an ambassadorial role

It is tough on the duo, who had little time to work with the squad and have overseen training this week - indeed, McAllister even took training on Thursday after being told he would no longer be employed - but Klopp has his own close-knit group.

The sackings were confirmed on the club Twitter account:

Peter Krawietz, who was Klopp’s assistant in Dortmund and Bosnian Zeljko Buvac, another long-term associate, are joining the 48-year-old at Anfield.

O’Driscoll left the Football Association following the offer from Rodgers, while McAllister was wanted to ensure a link remained at senior level with the Liverpool legends of the past. It remains to be seen if Klopp is open to the idea of bringing a former player on board, but there has certainly been nothing to indicate that will be the case so far.

As well as McAllister and O’Driscoll, Liverpool’s head of opposition analysis Chris Davies – who joined the club with Rodgers in 2012 – has lost his job.

So too has Head of Performance Glen Driscoll.

However, it is not a complete overhaul. Head of fitness and conditioning Ryland Morgans – one of the most highly rated in his field – is to be retained. Morgans also works with the Welsh national team.

There is also a place for the young coach Pep Lijnders who was promoted from within the Liverpool Academy at the end of last season. Lijnders is an emerging coaching talent within the club so there was no desire to relieve him of his duties so soon after being rewarded for exceptional work with the young players.

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