Liverpool have parted company with physio Chris Morgan with immediate effect, the club have confirmed.
Jurgen Klopp was tipped to ring in the changes during his first summer transfer window in charge but Morgan, who has been with Liverpool for 10 years and remained a respected member of the team, was not expected to be one of them.
Although the Reds have confirmed his departure in an official announcement, there is yet to be any clear explanation for it and, as of yet, there are no suggestions as to who will replace him.
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While fans had been hoping for new players, Klopp has focussed on forming his own backroom staff and has already poached Bayern Munich's Andreas Kornmayer, who has become Liverpool’s new head of fitness and conditioning, and Mona Nemmer as head of nutrition.
Morgan had been close with some of the longer serving players at the club and his departure is likely to send shockwaves through the dressing room.
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Even former captain Steven Gerrard credited Morgan with helping him to get over some of the more serious injury problems, writing in his autobiography: "Chris was so good at his job that, more and more often, I went to him first whenever I felt a niggle or was worried about a more serious problem."
Liverpool said in a statement: "Chris is someone who commands the professional respect and personal warmth of the first-team players and all his colleagues at Melwood.
"The dedication and commitment he has shown to Liverpool, over a long period, has been immense. His expertise and experience has rightly gained him industry-wide recognition.
"We thank Chris for his considerable contribution and everyone at the club wishes him success for the future."
Writing on Instagram, Morgan thanked Liverpool for the opportunity to work with Premier League players and credit the club with helping him realise his dreams.
He wrote: "When I started at Liverpool 10 years ago I never dreamt I would get to experience the things I did and play a tiny role at a club of Liverpool's standing and history.
"Thank you to those who gave me a chance at the club all those years ago. Thank you to those who I worked for and alongside. Thank you to those who trusted me and to the hundreds of players I have worked with over the years. I hope you always felt I gave 100%."