While the captain of the Liverpool ship is undoubtedly Jurgen Klopp, there are loads of other noteworthy helpers on the boat to sail the Reds to glory. With the recent Champions League victory, and finishing second in the Premier League, we decided to take a look at all the coaching staff at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal. He has managed to build a phenomenal team to ensure that the playing squad remains prepared and focused for the upcoming season that starts in August 2019.
Assistant Manager – Peter Krawietz
Peter Krawietz decided to follow Jurgen Klopp to Liverpool in October 2015 from Borussia Dortmund. He initially worked with the Liverpool manager back in Mainz when Jurgen was the head coach, while he was the chief scout. The German, who is not considered a professional footballer by any means, was dubbed “The Eye” due to his phenomenal video analysis and scouting abilities.
Assistant Manager – Pep Lijnders
Jurgen Klopp didn’t think twice when he had the opportunity to bring back Pep Lijnders to Liverpool in June 2018, where he briefly left the club to return to his homeland where he was in control of NEC Nijmegen. Lijnders previously spent more than three years with Liverpool, first as a coach for the under-16’s and then the first-team development coach during 2015. Since Klopp arrived, Lijnders managed to climb even further where he is now a vital part of the team as an assistant coach.
Goalkeeping Coach – John Achterberg
Achterberg is another Dutchman in the coaching staff for Liverpool that joined in June 2009 after he spent more than a decade with Tranmere Rovers. He was initially a player with the team before he moved to a coaching position. Achterberg received his promotion to goalkeeping coach in 2011 and has coached Liverpool’s goalkeepers ever since.
Head of Conditioning and Fitness – Andreas Kornmayer
Kornmayer decided to join The Reds in July 2016 after he spent more than 15 years with the dominant Bayern Munich team. Given Liverpool’s reliance on energy, tremendous importance is placed on the ability and skill of Kornmayer, who much impressed Klopp during his time spent at Bayern Munich where he worked under Pep Guardiola, Jupp Heynckes, and Louis van Gaal.
Head of Medical Services – Dr Andrew Massey
Dr Massey was initially a professional football player in an Irish League before an injury forced him to enrol in a university where he studied physiotherapy. After his studies in medicine and sports physiotherapy, Dr Massey joined the ice hockey team, Belfast Giants, before he was promoted as team doctor. In 2013, he was appointed the academy doctor for Liverpool and was made permanent in 2015.
Performance and Rehabilitation Manager – Philipp Jacobsen
The newest recruit in the Liverpool coaching staff is Philipp Jacobsen that works closely with Dr Massey. Jacobsen was initially a senior physiotherapist in Qatar before he made his way to the Liverpool squad. He also worked with the national team of Qatar, where he gained most of his experience.