Thursday 22 February 2018

Who are Jurgen Klopp's assistants Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz?

Jurgen Klopp and Zeljko Buvac pictured in May. Getty Images
Jurgen Klopp and Zeljko Buvac pictured in May. Getty Images

James Orr

Jurgen Klopp is set to be named as Liverpool’s new manager today, and will reportedly bring assistants Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz to Anfield.

Buvac and Krawietz will replace Brendan Rodgers’ team of assistant manager Sean O’Driscoll, who parted company with the club today, and first-team coach Gary McAllister.

But just who are Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz?


The Bosnia coach is set to be Klopp’s No 2, and has been a close friend of Klopp since they played for Mainz together in the early ‘90s.

Buvac was appointed Klopp’s assistant when he took the job back at Mainz in 2001, and then followed Klopp to Borussia Dortmund in 2008, where he was his also his trusted assistant.

Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin, who also spent a brief period on loan at Liverpool, says the pair are like “twins”.

"Zeljko Buvac is basically Klopp's twin," Sahin told the Bundesliga website. "Both of them see football in exactly the same way."

The 54-year-old Serbian is currently the manager of the Republika Srpska national team.


The 43-year-old - who never played professional football - specialises as a video analyst concentrating on his own team, as well as the opposition.

Krawietz has also been Klopp's chief scout during the course of the last 14 years.

Former Dortmud midfielder Paul Lambert said of Krawietz : "Peter is a big part of his team and he was at Mainz with him. He knows him really well and is someone who he trusts to be very analytical about the game. He's someone he'll lean on."

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