Liverpool continue Klopp pursuit


Liverpool’s non-international players returned to training on Tuesday as the club continue their pursuit of Jurgen Klopp to become the new manager.

After Brendan Rodgers’ sacking on Sunday assistant boss Sean O’Driscoll, first team coach Gary McAllister and development coach Pep Lijnders have been tasked with taking care of sessions at Melwood in the interim.

They all attended this morning to put the small group not selected for their national teams through their paces.

However, the futures of O’Driscoll, a former England Under-19 manager, and ex-Reds midfielder McAllister at the club look to be short-lived.

The pair were brought in this summer as part of a backroom reshuffle which saw Rodgers’ close friend Colin Pascoe and another former player Mike Marsh jettisoned after a robust end-of-season review.

With Rodgers now gone and Klopp being lined up as a replacement the German is certain to want to bring with him Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz – his trusted assistants who worked with him at Borussia Dortmund.

Not among the players who trained this morning was Philippe Coutinho, who yesterday pulled out of Brazil’s squad for World Cup qualifiers with Chile and Venezuela.

The 23-year-old has a minor groin injury is expected to be available for the trip to Tottenham on October 17.

By then Liverpool hope to have had Klopp in position for long enough to have been able to make proper preparations for his Premier League debut.



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