There is no way back at Liverpool for Željko Buvač after the Bosnian-Serb kept an approach from Arsenal a secret from Jürgen Klopp, according to the Mirror.
It came as a massive shock earlier this week when the news broke that Klopp’s longtime managerial partner, Buvač, had taken leave of his post at Liverpool until the end of the season.
According to a statement on the official Liverpool website: “Željko is spending some time away from the first-team environment, between now and the end of the season, for personal reasons,” declared Liverpool in a statement.
“The club considers the matter to be private and therefore will respect that privacy by not making any further comment. Željko remains a Liverpool employee and his position at the club is not affected by this absence.”
Buvač has been on the sidelines with Klopp for 17 years, starting out at Mainz before moving onto Borussia Dortmund, where the pair enjoyed a successful period.
According to John Richardson of the Mirror, Buvač will not return to Liverpool next season after Klopp found out he had kept an approach from Arsenal secret. The Reds no.2 was contacted by Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislintat who worked with both Klopp and Buvač at Dortmund.
After discovering Buvač’s supposed secrecy, the pair had an intense argument which saw the 56-year-old assistant manager part ways on the eve of Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final second leg against AS Roma.
I don’t know what to make of this report from the Mirror, although it must be said that the entire story sounds very sensationalised and while I’m not ruling it out just yet as there is clearly something going on, I wouldn’t take this as fact.
Klopp was very unwilling to answer questions on the matter in his pre-Roma press conference and as a typically transparent figure, this should be taken to mean something.
What this ‘something’ means, I do not know just yet.