Zeljko Buvac quits as Jurgen Klopp's assistant
Reports in the British media claim that Liverpool assistant manager and Jurgen Klopp's long-term colleague Zeljko Buvac has parted way with the club, ahead of their Champions League away semi-final fixture against AS Roma. This certainly comes as a massive blow to Liverpool since Buvac has been Klopp's assistant for 17 long years. Here's more about it!
Klopp and Buvac share 26-year-old professional relationship
Klopp and Buvac's relationship goes back 26 years when they were team-mates at Mainz 05 for three seasons. Buvac then returned to the German club as assistant manager when Klopp was named the head coach of the side. Klopp then took Buvac with him to Dortmund where they had a successful stint and then again to Liverpool.
Who is Zeljko Buvac?
While Jurgen Klopp has been the face of the high-speed attacking and the gegenpressing brand of football, not many are aware that Buvac is the brain that helped develop this style. This has now become Klopp's signature. Buvac is an important figure for Klopp and he often seeks Buvac's guidance and assistance during matches for tactical switches.
Fall out between Klopp and Buvac the reason?
Reports claim that there was a fall out between Jurgen Klopp and Buvac. The Liverpool squad and staff have been told that Buvac will no longer play a part in managing the team. The fall-out happened after Buvac was not made a part of team selection and tactical meetings. The 26-year old relationship has completely broken down.
Time to venture out on his own?
Liverpool, however, have rubbished all the reports that Buvac has quit the club but confirmed that he will no longer be a part for the rest of their season. The club says he wants to spend some time away due to personal reasons. Whatever may be the reason, there are enough clubs on a lookout for a quality manager.