BERLIN, GERMANY - Saturday, July 29, 2017: Liverpool's assistant manager Zeljko Buvac before a preseason friendly match celebrating 125 years of football for Liverpool and Hertha BSC Berlin at the Olympic Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“Worst possible timing” – Fans react as Zeljko Buvac leaves Liverpool for “personal reasons”

Liverpool supporters have been rocked by the news that Jurgen Klopp‘s assistant Zeljko Buvac will be absent until the end of the season.

It was confirmed on Monday that Buvac will be taking a break from his duties due to “personal reasons”, but the club have insisted that he remains an employee.

There were previous claims over the weekend suggesting there had been a falling out between him and Klopp, and some still believe that to be the real reason behind the decision.

Known as the “The Brain” of Klopp’s coaching setup, the Bosnian is an influential figure at Melwood, so the news is far from ideal ahead of the upcoming Champions League semi-final second leg against Roma.

With first-team development coach Pepijn Lijnders having left his role in January to take up a management role, Klopp’s staff are two men down at the end of the season.

Fans and media have been voicing their concern at the news on social media and our forums, with plenty of scepticism over whether Buvac has indeed only left until the end of the season for “personal reasons”.

“So he has quit and this is merely a PR response . Otherwise why would he take a leave of absence before our biggest games?”

Nav Garayal on Facebook.

“It’s horrible news. Right before our biggest game in over 10 years.”

Iluvatar on the forums.


“Whatever the reason, wrong timing and not good for team spirit. Especially with the season defining game on Wednesday coming.”

Victor Kaonga on Facebook.

“This sounds really fishy and typical damage control stuff. Have a weird feeling it’s the end of him here. We usually come up with such stuff to prevent the rumours from spreading.”

Incognito on the forums.

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