A rumour doing the rounds online this afternoon has suggested that approaches on behalf of Arsenal and Manchester City may have led to Zeljko Buvac, Jurgen Klopp’s assistant manager at Liverpool, taking a break from his role for the remainder of the season.
Shock news broke this morning that Liverpool’s players were informed during a training session yesterday that Buvac, nicknamed ‘the brain’, would not be returning to his duties this season, despite the Reds gearing up for the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final tie with AS Roma on Wednesday night.
Liverpool released a statement earlier today, explaining that Buvac would be ‘spending some time away from the first team environment between now and the end of the season’, citing personal reasons for his decision.
Buvac has been Klopp’s right-hand man for the entirety of his coaching career, after the pair agreed during their playing days together at Mainz that if one of them was to be handed a job as a head-coach, the other would act as his assistant.
As such, Klopp and Buvac have worked together for the last 17 years, at Mainz, Borussia Dortmund, and of course Liverpool.
On the move?
While reports in the English media this afternoon refuted earlier stories that the pair had been involved in a major falling out, a surprise rumour doing the rounds over the last couple of hours has suggested that Buvac may be preparing for a new role at a different club.
As outlined below, there are a trio of suggestions regarding where Buvac may end up, with an assistant job at Manchester City, and even the head coach positions at both Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund, having been touted:
Rumours in the last hour linking Klopp’s assistant Buvac with a move to City to replace Arteta starting from next season. Others are speculating about a move to BVB/AFC as a head coach.
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It should be noted that, despite his departure for the rest of the season, Buvac remains an employee of Liverpool, and the club fully expects him to return to Anfield this summer.