Paul Joyce reports that Željko Buvač has quit his post as Liverpool’s assistant manager after a dispute with Jürgen Klopp.
Although Klopp is the charismatic face of Liverpool’s gegenpressing machine that has taken Europe by storm this season, Željko Buvač is often referred to as “the brain” behind the high-intensity football philosophy.
Writing for the Times, Paul Joyce claims that the Reds’ assistant manager has quit Liverpool due to “personal reasons” and that it’s not the result of a fall-out with Klopp.
Klopp and Buvač have worked together for 17 years and an ending to this relationship is ill-timed with a Champions League semi-final waiting for the Reds on Wednesday.
Citing “club sources”, Duncan Castles writes for the Daily Record: “Klopp and Buvac had a big falling out and Buvac has been left completely out of the loop of late.
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“They stand apart in training, Buvac doesn’t go to tactical meetings, and he is no longer involved in picking the team. In the past, he was the only one who had Klopp’s ear. The relationship had broken down, and the players have been told Buvač is gone.”
The timing of Buvač’s departure could not be worse with a European semi-final second leg days away and with a potential final on the way.
Joyce says that Klopp hopes his right-hand man of 17 years will return but it looks bleak for Liverpool. Peter Krawietz will now take on more responsibility as the season draws to a close.
James Pearce, a reporter for the Liverpool Echo, tweeted that Liverpool are adamant that Buvač hasn’t quit his post but that he has left for the remainder of the season due to ‘personal reasons.’
There is definitely more to this story and time will tell what the future holds for Jürgen Klopp and Željko Buvač at Liverpool.