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Liverpool set to capture Arsenal head of medical services Gary O'Driscoll

According to reports from Gunnerblog, Liverpool are set to get one over Arsenal with the potential addition of the north-London side’s head of sports medicine Gary O’Driscoll.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 03: Arsenal club doctor Gary O’Driscoll looks on ahead of the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images)

O’Driscoll will replace Andrew Massey as head of medical services at the home of the European champions, with the latter set to depart the club to take up a similar role with FIFA in March.

The report also states that Arsenal have posted the job advert on their official club website following the inevitable loss of O’Driscoll.

Arsenal head-coach Mikel Arteta was close with O’Driscoll during his time as a player from 2011-2016. The former Manchester City assistant manager made his best efforts to keep O’Driscoll at the club but his final decision appeared to have already been made.

Liverpool will have gained someone who has invaluable experience in his profession after working under close quarters with the first team, under-21s and academy at Arsenal. He also spent six years as a doctor for the Ireland rugby union team and was also the official doctor on two British & Irish Lions rugby tours – he is also the cousin of former Ireland and Lions captain Brian O’Driscoll.

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BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Gary O’Driscoll the Arsenal Doctor during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal FC at Vitality Stadium on December 26, 2019 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

What RTK has to say

Liverpool have proven in the past few years that the club’s backroom staff can be just as important as the players in terms of long-term success.

The likes of Peter Krawietz (assistant manager), Pep Lijnders (assistant manager), John Achterberg (first-team goalkeeping coach), Andreas Kornmayer (head of fitness and conditioning) have all proven invaluable to Jurgen Klopp whilst collectively have all contributed in creating the finest team in world football.

The imminent addition of O’Driscoll follows the Reds’ capture of Vitor Matos from FC Porto, where he served as assistant coach of the Portuguese club’s B Team, who play in the country’s second-tier, in 2018-19.

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