Publicado: Mar, May 01, 2018
Deportes | Por Godofredo Marrero

Jurgen Klopp with long time No2 Zeljko Buvac

Jurgen Klopp with long time No2 Zeljko Buvac

On Monday morning, Liverpool fans woke up to the news that the club's assistant manager, Zeljko Buvac, has made a decision to "take time away" from the Merseyside club til the end of the season.

It is widely seen as blow to Liverpool's preparations for their Champions League semi-final second leg against Roma on Tuesday, despite their 5-2 lead in the tie.

However, it has emerged that the Bosnian is stepping away from first-team duties until the summer for personal reasons.

However, the Anfield club maintain Buvac remains a employee of the club.

At Mainz Buvac helped guide the club to the Bundesliga and then European qualification, while his and Klopp's greatest success came with Borussia Dortmund. "In the past, he was the only one who had Klopp's ear". Supporters will recall how the Pako Ayestarán-Rafa Benitez divorce had a huge impact on matters at the club and a parting of ways between Buvač and Klopp wouldn't be ideal.

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It is said that Liverpool's players were informed on Sunday that the Bosnian-Serb is leaving Klopp's backroom staff, to end a 17-year coaching relationship.

"Before every training session and after every training session we talk together".

"In training I am observing and watching and if I have the feeling something needs to be changed I will speak to Kloppo. They're both impulsive characters but always came back together eventually". The Reds are also braced for the departure of U18s coach Steven Gerrard, with Rangers hoping to confirm the Kop legend as their new boss this week.

Richards noted in his report that while Buvac has been in the dugout for recent games against Stoke City and Roma, Klopp turned to first-team coach Peter Krawietz for advice during the match, not his longstanding assistant.

"The Brain" as Zeljko is known, will not be in the dugout alongside Klopp as the Reds look to secure their place in the Champions League final and qualify for the competition next season.

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