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Liverpool continue backroom reshuffle with Borrell promotion
Liverpool have continued to reshape their coaching staff following several high profile departures this year.
Highly rated reserve team coach Rodolfo Borrell has been promoted to head of academy coaching – replacing fellow Spaniard Pep Segura who quit his role as academy technical manager at the end of the summer.
Borrell, the former Barcelona academy coach who helped nurture talents such as Lionel Messi, has been a key part of Liverpool’s recent success of players making the step from academy to first-team. The current Under 21 side are the only unbeaten team in the country at that level, with seven wins from ten domestic fixtures.
“I’ve been extremely impressed with Rodolfo in my short period at the club,” Brendan Rodgers told the official website. “His thinking is very similar to mine in the best way to educate and develop players. His role will make richer the philosophy we are creating at the club from U9s through to the first team.
Replacing Borrell is another highly-rated youth coach – Tottenham’s Alex Inglethorpe. His last game in charge for Spurs was a NextGen match which they won 4-1 – against Barcelona.
Liverpool’s academy director Frank McParland added: “Alex also has great experience from working with the U18s at Spurs for many years, where he has helped to produce some fantastic players.
“I’m sure he is going to help us push on at academy level. It’s a fantastic appointment and I’m looking forward to working with him over the coming years.”
These appointments complete a year that has seen a massive turnover of staff at Melwood. High profile departures of director of football Damien Comolli and first team manager Kenny Dalglish have been supplemented by the departure of assistant manager Steve Clarke, now enjoying success at West Brom as head coach, as well as head of fitness Darren Burgess and head of medicine Dr Peter Brukner.
There’s also been a new scouting team, headed by Dave Fallows and Barry Hunter – who arrived from Man City. Liverpool are reportedly interested in bringing another Eastlands employee, Vicky Kloss, to fill the vacancy left by recently departed head of communications Jen Chang – who was only appointed earlier this year himself.