Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has finally addressed the absence of his assistant manager Zeljko Buvac.
Buvac abruptly took a leave of absence last month just before the side’s Champions League semi-final second leg – and although Liverpool insist that he remains employed by the club, he will almost certainly not be present for the final two games of the season.
Speaking ahead of the final-day Premier League clash with Brighton on Sunday, Klopp said that his role has not changed at all in the absence of “the brain,” and allayed any dears that the Serb’s temporary departure has left him that bit more alone on the touchline.
“No [it has not changed], not a bit.
“Is there more responsibility or stress? No, absolutely not.
“I am not on my own, I have still a lot of people around me, Peter Krawietz and Andreas Kornmayer’s team.
“So I am not alone. Nobody needs to worry about that.”
Buvac has since been linked with the Arsenal managerial position, wherein he would have linked up with former Dortmund colleague Sven Mislintat who is the current head of recruitment at the Emirates. In any event, it remains to be seen if the number two will return to his role on Merseyside next season or cut ties with the club altogether.
Liverpool’s Premier League campaign draws to a close on Sunday, with a point needed against Brighton at Anfield to secure Champions League football for another season.
Then, of course, there is the small matter of this year’s Champions League, with the Reds in action against Real Madrid in the final in Kiev later this month.