The man Liverpool are hoping to bring in following Zeljko Buvac's departure

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been working without an assistant manager following Zeljko Buvac's shock departure in April.

Buvac has been placed on temporary leave by the club after falling out with Klopp ahead of the Champions League semi-final second leg against Roma.

The 56-year-old Bosnian coach had been Klopp's number two for 17 years - but it appears their relationship may have come to an end.

Liverpool still have one more game to play this season.

The Reds wrapped up a top four spot with a 4-0 win over Brighton on Sunday and are set to face Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 26.

Klopp will be without his right-hand man in Kiev as he aims to end a run of five consecutive defeats in finals.

Liverpool are now beginning to look at bolstering their coaching staff.

Klopp hoping for new coach

According to The Telegraph, Liverpool are considering offering a familiar face a coaching role back on Merseyside.

Former Liverpool coach Pep Lijnders left the club in January to take charge of Dutch club NEC Nijmegen.

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However, he failed to secure promotion and was sacked at the end of the 2017/18 season.

The Telegraph understand that Liverpool - who are short of coaching staff - are considering offering Lijnders an immediate return to Anfield.

Lijnders and Buvac are yet to be replaced and it is currently unclear what position Liverpool are planning to offer the 35-year-old.

Klopp has spoken very highly of the Dutch coach previously.

“His main job is being a real coach,” Klopp said in May, 2017. “I’m really happy. I never could’ve imagined that I needed another assistant, but now we have him and I cannot imagine how it would be without him.”


When Lijnders left in January, Klopp issued a statement saying he was disappointed to lose him after more than two years of working together.

“I am gutted to be losing such a valuable member of our coaching team and such a brilliant person from our group,” said the enigmatic German manager.

Buvac could yet return as Klopp's assistant manager for the start of next season but the Telegraph suggest that is "unlikely" to happen.

Perhaps Lijnders - who joined Liverpool in 2014 - could take on the role. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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