Zeljko Buvac's Anfield departure explained by Liverpool insider

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp and assistant manager Zeljko Buvac attend a team training session on the eve of the UEFA Champions League first leg quarter-final football match

Buvac met Klopp when they were players at Mainz, where they had a gentleman's agreement that whoever went into management first would take the other as their assistant.

At Mainz they secured promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time in the club's history in 2004, and at Borussia Dortmund they secured the title and reached a Champions League final, losing to Bayern Munich. There will be no official comment from the club due to the private nature of the issue, but the news at the very least raises doubts as to his long-term future at Anfield. In the past, he was the only one who had Klopp's ear.

Liverpool legend Steve Nicol has accused Jurgen Klopp of displaying childish behaviour by refusing to shake the linesman's hand following the Reds' 0-0 draw against Stoke City.

Along with Peter Krawietz, they have formed a close-knit triumvirate who arrived at Liverpool together in late 2015.

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With Liverpool due to face Roma in the Italian capital on Wednesday, the club confirmed on Monday that Buvas will be away from the team until the end of the season.

"If it is necessary, I get up from the bench and that is okay", he said. Why that?' But it is a decision we come to together. "You see more than if only one man is looking". In October, head physio Andy Renshaw was sacked, with a shake-up of the club's medical department expected in the summer.

Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann expressed concern over Buvac's absence, saying: "A big part of Klopp's managerial style and his success is the close unity and togetherness of his coaching staff".

Klopp has described Buvas as "the brain" behind his coaching set-up in the past, and his absence is an unwanted distraction as Liverpool look to hold onto their 5-2 first leg lead against Roma.

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