Liverpool will be without their assistant coach, Zeljko Buvac, for the remainder of the season after the Bosnian-Serb left his position at Anfield on Sunday. The coach, who has worked with Jurgen Klopp for 17 years, is said to have announced his decision and pleaded for it to be kept as secret as possible for ''personal reasons''.
Buvac was with Klopp on Saturday when the Reds played a 0-0 draw against Stoke City in the Premier League. He is regarded as the brain behind Klopp's ''heavy-metal, high pressing'' football.
Reports from some quarters say the pair had grown distant in recent times as was shown during the match against Stoke where Klopp was not seen exchanging ideas with Buvac as he had always done.
The 56-year-old becomes the second major departure of Klopp's backroom staff this season following Pepjin Linders' decision to become head coach of NEC Nijmegen in January. No decision has been made yet as to who will fill Buvac's position in Rome, with Klopp's focus solely on preserving Liverpool's 5-2 first leg advantage.
Liverpool have however said that Buvac remains an employee of the club.