Liverpool lose assistant for Roma

Liverpool lose assistant for Roma

Liverpool lose assistant for Roma

Liverpool are so well-drilled in Klopp's fluid 4-3-3 system that the loss of Buvac is unlikely to materially effect their season, with just two Premier League outings and potentially two more Champions League spins to come.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said, "I've made a lot of good decisions in my career as a manager".

Buvac, who was on the bench with Klopp for Saturday's goalless draw against Stoke, has been the German's trusted right-hand man for the last 17 years.

Yet the departure of the tousle-haired No2 on the eve of their bid to secure a sixth European Cup final has a finality about it that would make rapprochement unlikely.

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His importance to Klopp was underlined at the end of the 2015/16 season, as when the manager was given a six-year deal by Liverpool, he insisted on similar contract lengths for both Buvac and fellow coach Peter Krawietz. There will be no official comment from the club due to the private nature of the issue, but the news at the very least raises doubts as to his long-term future at Anfield.

This comes after the Daily Record reported that Buvac, who moved to Anfield in October 2015, has left the club following a "dispute" with Klopp. "But the best one was appointing Buvac as coach - he's the best coach I've ever known. You see more than if only one man is looking". "We're like an old married couple, and that's sensational".

2005 Champions League victor with Liverpool Hamann said Buvac's absence was "huge news". Klopp's side must defend a 5-2 first leg lead in Rome in order to do so.

The timing of the exit could not be worse with Liverpool due to face Roma in their Champions League semi-final second leg on Wednesday, with the incident threatening to overshadow the build-up to Liverpool's biggest match in a number of years.

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