Former Liverpool assistant Zeljko Buvac claims he ran the show under Jurgen Klopp


Zeljko Buvac and Jurgen Klopp have not repaird their previously close friendship (Picture: Getty Images)

Former Liverpool assistant manager Zeljko Buvac has claimed that he was doing Jurgen Klopp’s job for him during his spell at Anfield and he has not spoken to his former close colleague since the Reds’ Premier League title win.

Buvac was Klopp’s right-hand man at Mainz, Borussia Dortmund and during the start of his time at Liverpool, known as ‘The Brain’ in his coaching set-up.

However, he left after falling out with Klopp in April 2018, thought to be around Arsenal making an approach for Buvac, which the assistant did not report to his boss.

The 59-year-old is now sporting director at FC Dynamo Moscow but has looked back on his time at Anfield and appears to have aimed a dig at his former friend Klopp.

Buvac claims that he fulfilled every role you would expect of a manager, except the media tasks, which he suggests was only because Klopp likes the attention.

‘I did the job of a manager, except speaking in public and giving interviews,’ Buvac told Nobel. ‘Apart from that, I had all the functions and tried to influence my team as much as I could to help them succeed.

‘I didn’t need that kind of attention.’

It seems that the relationship between Klopp and Buvac has not been repaired, despite working together for 17 years.

Asked whether he spoke to the German after Liverpool’s superb Premier League title win, he said he has decided against doing so.

‘I didn’t,’ Buvac said. ‘I was happy for Liverpool, for the fans, for the players. But I didn’t.’

Buvac is very contest with his new role upstairs at Dynamo Moscow and has no interest in stepping into management, teasing that he has had some serious offers in the past, but refusing to reveal where from.

‘I don’t want to be a manager now,’ he said. ‘If Barcelona calls me then of course I’ll think about it but otherwise no.

‘You say I’m here just to stay occupied and wait for a better chance. But if you knew the kind of offers I had rejected during the pause in my career you wouldn’t have said that. But I won’t tell you which clubs.’

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