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Liverpool set to add FC Porto coach to backroom team

Liverpool are reportedly set to make a new addition to their coaching staff, with Vitor Matos joining the Reds from FC Porto.

Matos is set to take up a role described in the Portuguese media as being “responsible for the development training of the club’s elite players, a cross-sectional project for team A and team B.”

That, we assume is Pepijn Lijnders‘ old role of first-team development coach, acting as a bridge between the club’s academy and first-team squads.

Lijnders, who took Tuesday’s pre-match press conference at Melwood, is now Jurgen Klopp‘s assistant manager.

Matos, who is fluent in Spanish and English, worked with Lijnders at Porto, having been appointed as their under-15s coach in 2011/12.

He is currently Porto B’s assistant coach, having spent a short spell as under-16s coach and Youth Team Technical Director at Chinese club Shandong Luneng Taishan last season.

Before that he was FC Porto’s B team opposition scout, having filled numerous roles at the Portuguese club.

He holds the UEFA Elite Youth A License qualification and has a Masters in physical education.

It’s reported that he will arrive in England on Thursday to begin his new role.

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