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Report: Liverpool appoint Andreas Schlumberger as head of recovery and performance

Jurgen Klopp has already made his first proactive response to Liverpool’s ongoing injury crisis following the appointment of former Borussia Dortmund colleague Dr Andreas Schlumberger, as per The ECHO.

Schlumberger, who has joined from Bundesliga side Schalke, will begin a new specialist position at the club as head of recovery and performance.

The 54-year-old will work to assist injured players during the period of rehabilitation, before the player works with the performance team in preparation for being reintegrated with the first-team squad.

Klopp had wanted to bolster his backroom staff for some time and, in Schlumberger, he has recruited an expert used to the Liverpool manager’s methods, having worked together for three years at Dortmund.

Liverpool are said to have taken a proactive response in the ongoing global pandemic as well as the strain of an upcoming mid-season World Cup in Qatar.

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Klopp has seen his squad of players decimated to its core in recent weeks. The appointment of Schlumberger represents the latest example of the boss being pro-active to tackle the problem first-hand.

This is about reacting to the increased demands being placed on players going forward.

With so much focus and scrutiny placed on the club’s January transfer plans, the attention to detail Klopp prides on other areas can often be overlooked.

The Liverpool manager is obsessed with marginal gains which were also showcased through the appointment of personnel like head of nutrition Mona Nemmer and throw-in coach Thomas Gronnemark last season.

Klopp looks to surround himself with specialists in key areas and it seems the boss has found another who could make the all-important difference.

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