Liverpool were rocked by the departure of Jurgen Klopp’s right-hand man, Zeljko Buvac, last season.
Buvac had worked with Klopp throughout his career and was described as “the brain” behind his coaching set-up.
However, just days before Liverpool Champions League semi-final second-leg with Roma, Buvac left the club under mysterious circumstances.
A club statement revealed he was “spending some time away from the first team environment between now and the end of the season.”
Exactly six months on, and the reasons behind Buvac’s sudden departure is still unknown.
What’s even more baffling is the fact Liverpool still listed on the club’s official website as the first-team assistant coach and are yet to confirm his departure.
Is there any chance of the Bosnian Serb coming back?
Well, Liverpool journalist James Pearce was asked about Buvac during a Q&A on the Liverpool Echo website.
Question: “Zeljko Buvac is still listed on the club website. Surely the club need to make an announcement? Do you think we’ll have official confirmation anytime soon?”
Pearce: “There won’t be an announcement from the club until the terms of his exit have been agreed. I thought it would have happened before now but clearly it has dragged on with lawyers involved.
“I certainly don’t expect Buvac to return to Liverpool. Officially, he’s still first assistant coach on the club site. That job really belongs to Pep Lijnders now but the Dutchman can’t be given that title until the loose ends from Buvac’s departure are confirmed.”
Pearce has revealed there are lawyers involved and suggests Buvac’s exit was certainly messier than it first seemed.
But it appears there's no way back for Buvac - although we’re no closer to really discovering what happened between Klopp and his once close friend.