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Jurgen Klopp rings the changes at Anfield..

Liverpool capture Bayern Munich fitness coach Andreas Kornmayer

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When Jurgen Klopp first took charge of Liverpool back in October, it did not take long for links with the best players in the Bundesliga to start.

With his expert knowledge of Germany's top division and the equivalent pulling power of James Bond at a 2-for-1 night at Infernos, it was only a matter of time before the talent started rolling in.

Schalke defender Joel Matip will become the first man to make the journey this summer after agreeing a Bosman free while links with Bayern Munich's Mario Gotze refuse to go away.

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But one transfer chase that would have flown under the radar of most Liverpool fans is that of Andreas Kornmayer, a highly-rated fitness coach who works under Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.

With Guardiola set to leave for Manchester City at the end of the season and Carlo Ancelotti coming in, a raft of changes are expected at the Allianz Arena and, according to The Mirror, Klopp jumped at the opportunity to bring Kornmayer to Merseyside.

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Experienced coach

Kornmayer is well respected at the Bavarian club and has worked under Louis van Gaal, Jupp Heynckes during his decade of service. An expert in conditioning, he has been one of the main men keeping Bayern players fit during this most successful of eras. However, the chance to join Klopp in the Premier League appears to have been too good to turn down.

The former Borussia Dortmund manager decided to move for Kornmayer after current fitness coach Ryland Morgans, who was part of Brendan Rodgers' backroom team, announced he was leaving Melwood at the end of the season.

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Injury issues

While Morgans was a respected member of the team, Kornmayer will be expected to instill some of his own techniques into Liverpool's conditioning program. Hopefully, he will be able to reduce the amount of muscular injuries that have hampered Liverpool's season.

A spate of injuries left Klopp with a threadbare squad in January with no fewer than 12 injuries blighting players over the Christmas period. That was followed by a further four injuries in the first week of January, three of which were hamstring related.

Klopp was accused by one prominent football physio for working his players too hard in training, but it appears as though the players have now adapted to his regime. Even Daniel Sturridge has managed to string a few games together.

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Going, going, Gotze

As previously mentioned, Kornmayer could be joined by Gotze on his journey to Anfield with the playmaker reportedly a target for Klopp. The pair enjoyed a fruitful relationship at Borussia Dortmund together and it is believed a reunion appeals to both.

Gotze has fallen out of favour at Bayern and there is some doubt as to whether that will change under Ancelotti. He has been valued by Liverpool at between £15-20million.

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