Update: Zeljko Buvac has now received his work permit and joins Jurgen Klopp for his first training session as Liverpool’s assistant manager on Wednesday afternoon.
Klopp is heavily reliant on Buvac as his tactical mind, but the German is set to be without his assistant for the first game of his Liverpool tenure.
The Bosnian is yet to obtain a work permit for his move to Merseyside, according to numerous reports on Wednesday.
“The man who Klopp has described as ‘his brain’ has not arrived in England yet as he is still waiting to obtain a work permit,” explains the Independent.
“Liverpool are hopeful that Buvac will be granted clearance in time to be on the touchline for their new manager’s first game against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.”
Klopp enjoys a close relationship with Buvac and his video analyst Peter Krawietz, seeking their counsel ahead of games.
Krawietz has joined Klopp and Pepijn Lijnders to take first-team training this week, but Buvac’s absence has proved a setback for the former Borussia Dortmund manager on his move to Liverpool.
Klopp has previously described Buvac as “a football genius, a master of every practice drill.”
Former Reds midfielder Nuri Sahin, who played under the pair at Dortmund, said in 2013 that “both of them see football in exactly the same way.”
But with just three days to go until Liverpool take on Spurs at White Hart Lane, it is unlikely that Buvac will be able to have significant input on the Reds’ preparation—even if he is granted a work permit in time for the trip.
Lobotomised for his first game in charge, Klopp faces a test of his tactical acumen when he lines up against Mauricio Pochettino.
UPDATE: Buvac has now received his work permit and joins Klopp for his first training session as Liverpool’s assistant manager on Wednesday afternoon.