Liverpool to add former Manchester United goalkeeping coach to backroom staff
Liverpool are planning to appoint a former Manchester United goalkeeping coach to Jurgen Klopp’s backroom staff.
Jack Robinson, who currently works as the National Goalkeeper Coach at the Football Association, has been offered the chance to work alongside John Achterberg with Liverpool’s first team.
Liverpool’s senior goalkeeping coach Achterberg is overseeing the appointment, seeking assistance as he works with four keepers a day at the club’s training complex.
While Achterberg continues to focus on working with the senior keepers Alisson Becker and Simon Mignolet – and will remain a visual matchday presence in the ‘dug-out’ - the new appointment would help the young deputies such as teenagers Kamil Grabara and Caoimhin Kelleher.
Previously, Robinson worked at Old Trafford for seven years, where he was a colleague of Eric Steele and Frans Hoek, coaching keepers of the highest calibre like Edwin van der Saar and David de Gea.
More recently, Robinson was part of the England Under 17 backroom staff that won the World Cup in their age group last season.
Klopp has been tweaking his backroom team every season at Anfield, with several changes in the coaching and sports science department.
Last summer he re-appointed former first team coach Pep Lijnders and added specialist throw-in coach, Thomas Gronnemark, on a part-time basis.
Liverpool, meanwhile, took the usual necessary steps to ensure their Brazilian players made a rapid return from international duty.
Alisson, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho were in the squad for the 5-0 victory over El Salvador held in Maryland on Wednesday.
But the trio were back at Melwood ahead of schedule for a light training session on Thursday having returned by private jet, maximising preparation time for this weekend’s trip to Tottenham.
They will be involved in a full training session on Friday morning. The Liverpool squad will head to London on Friday evening for the 12.30pm kick-off on Saturday.
Fabinho has not made the bench for the last two Liverpool games, but is in contention to be in the matchday squad following the injury suffered by Adam Lallana when he was with England.
Elsewhere Merseyside police have made no arrests following the attack on Manchester City’s team coach ahead of last season’s Champions League quarter-final.