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Liverpool appoint new ‘recovery and performance manager’

Liverpool have reunited manager Jurgen Klopp with a member of their former backstage staff at Borussia Dortmund by appointing Dr Andreas Schlumberger as head of recovery and performance.

Schlumberger joins Liverpool from Schalke, but he had previously worked for Klopp’s squad in Dortmund between 2011 and 2015 as a rehabilitation coach.

Andreas Schlumberger
Andreas Schlumberger is the latest Liverpool staff member | TF-Images / Getty Images

Since leaving Dortmund five years ago, Schlumberger has also been employed at Bayern Munich and Borussia Monchengladbach, before moving to Schalke in early 2020. He will now begin 2021 in Liverpool, working with existing medical and rehabilitation officials at the club.

Klopp’s backstage staff are made up of a diverse mix of people he has worked with in the past, who have come from elsewhere due to their ability and vision or simply inherited from his predecessors in the Liverpool headquarters.

First-team coach Peter Krawietz worked with Klopp in Mainz and Dortmund before moving to Liverpool, while longtime right-hand man Zeljko Buvac was also alongside Klopp at all three clubs before their relationship. work does not end suddenly enough in 2018.

Jurgen Klopp, Peter Krawietz
Peter Krawietz also followed Klopp from Dortmund | Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

Current assistant Pep Ljinders was inherited from Brendan Rodgers’ staff when Klopp arrived in 2015 and was brought back to the club in 2018 after a short stint in his native Netherlands. Goalkeeper coach John Achterberg is another legacy and has been at Liverpool since 2009.

Head of form and conditioning Andreas Kornmayer joined Liverpool in 2016 after spending the last 15 years at Bayern Munich, while elite development coach Vitor Matos moved from Porto to Merseyside in 2019.

One of Klopp’s most fascinating coaching appointments has been a collaboration with throw-in specialist Thomas Gronnemark, focusing on positioning and movement in such situations, which can help teams to keep possession under pressure or create scoring chances.

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