A quick guide to Liverpool FC’s first-team coaching staff.
Manager: Jurgen Klopp
Appointed: October 2015 | Nationality: German
Klopp arrived at Liverpool following the departure of Brendan Rodgers and after a short sabbatical of his own following his departure from Borussia Dortmund the previous summer.
He’d spent seven years at Dortmund and led the German side to two league titles and a Champions League final.
Klopp began his coaching career at Mainz, where he spent the majority of his playing career, gaining promotion to the Bundesliga against the odds.
Assistant Manager: Peter Krawietz
Appointed: 2015 | Nationality: German
Krawietz is Klopp’s longest-serving lieutenant, working alongside the manager since their time at Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund.
The Liverpool boss famously nicknamed Krawietz ‘The Eye’, such is his attention to detail. Lots of his work is done behind the scenes, focused on analysis, scouting and set-pieces.
Assistant Manager: Pepijn Linders
Appointed: 2018 | Nationality: Dutch
The likeable Dutchman made a welcome return to the Reds in summer 2018 after six months away having taken charge of NEC in his homeland.
He initially joined the club in 2014 as the Under-16s manager, being promoted to first-team development coach the following year.
A vocal presence at Melwood, very highly rated.
Elite Development Coach: Vitor Matos
Appointed: 2019 | Nationality: Portuguese
Matos, another former Porto coach, joined Liverpool in October 2019, taking up Lijnders’ former role as the bridge between the first team and the academy.
He keeps a close eye on Liverpool’s talent in the younger age groups, while also playing a prominent part in the creation of first-team training sessions.
Head of Goalkeeping: John Achterberg
Appointed: January 2011 | Nationality: Dutch
Initially a temporary appointment after the sacking of Roy Hodgson in January 2011, Achterberg’s promotion from the academy to Melwood was made permanent later that year under Kenny Dalglish.
The club’s longest-serving member of first-team staff, Achterberg took up the role of Head of Goalkeeping in 2021.
Assistant Goalkeeping Coach: Jack Robinson
Appointed: 2018 | Nationality: English
Liverpool appointed Robinson to take up a new role assisting Achterberg in 2018.
Robinson works closely with the club’s first-team goalkeepers, including some of the academy graduates.
Goalkeeping Coach: Claudio Taffarel
Appointed: 2021 | Nationality: Brazilian
‘Taffa’, as he’s known at the AXA Training Centre, joined Liverpool in December 2021, when the Reds decided to further boost their selection of goalkeeping coaches. The famous ex-Brazil ‘keeper shares his duties between the Reds and the Brazilian national team.
He was the idol of Liverpool’s No. 1 goalkeeper Alisson, with the pair working together for a number of years at international level.
Head of Fitness and Conditioning: Andreas Kornmayer
Appointed: July 2016 | Nationality: German
The German arrived at Liverpool from Bayern Munich – where he’d spent over 15 years – ahead of the 2016/17 season, Klopp’s first summer in charge.
Kornmayer has played a key role under Klopp, ensuring the players’ fitness does not drop below the high standards demanded for his full-throttle style of football.
Head of Recovery and Performance: Dr Andreas Schlumberger
Appointed: 2020 | Nationality: German
Schlumberger was appointed in a newly-created specialist role as head of recovery and performance in 2020.
The German previously worked with Klopp at Borussia Dortmund between 2011 and 2015, before roles with Bayern Munich, Borussia Monchengladbach and Schalke.
“If you would ask people in Germany, in this area – rehab, performance, recovery – he’s No. 1 in Germany,” Klopp said upon Schlumberger’s appointment.
Head of Nutrition: Mona Nemmer
Appointed: 2016 | Nationality: German
Formerly with Bayern Munich and Germany Under-21s, Nemmer arrived in a new role that sees her play a key part in the player’s diets at Melwood and also at home.
She has revolutionised the eating habits of the club’s players and staff. She works closely on meal plans with the first-team squad, receiving plenty of admiration in the process.
Club Doctor: Jim Moxon
Appointed: 2020 | Nationality: English
Moxon first joined the Reds as head of sports medicine and fitness at the academy in 2016, before taking up a role as first-team club doctor in 2020.
He played a vital role in the club’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and can often be seen treating players on the pitch during matches.
Head Physio: Lee Nobes
Appointed: 2018 | Nationality: English
Having spent 11 years with Man City, Nobes worked under the likes of Sven-Goran Eriksson, Mark Hughes, Roberto Mancini, Manuel Pellegrini and Pep Guardiola before joining Liverpool in 2018.
Jersey-born Nobes heads up the physiotherapy department and regularly provides treatment for players before and after matches.
Fitness Coach: Dr Conall Murtagh
Appointed: 2017 | Nationality: Northern Irish
After joining the academy in 2012, Murtagh took up first-team duties in 2017 and is a vital member of Klopp’s backroom team.
Murtagh was once a talented player of his own, representing Northern Ireland at all age groups up to under-21 level.
He played professionally at Hearts, Wrexham and The New Saints and is often seen making up the numbers in training matches with the first-team squad!