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Liverpool Suffers Semi-final Blow

Zeljko Buvac has stood down from his role as Liverpool’s assistant manager.

Buvac will not be involved in first-team matters with the Reds for the rest of this season in a break from a 17-year working relationship with Jurgen Klopp,clickliverpool reports.

Anfield officials insist that the Bosnian’s absence is for personal reasons.

Klopp has worked with Buvac, credited as ‘The Brain’ of his backroom staff since making his foray into management with Mainz in 2001.

Such is the esteem that the 56-year-old is held that the ex-Borussia Dortmund boss ensured he was also handed a new six-year contract in 2016.

But the timing of his right-hand man’s departure is far from ideal as Liverpool prepare for Wednesday’s crucial Champions League return leg tie with Roma.

Liverpool have a long and ominous history with assistant manager departures.

Gerard Houllier lost assistant Patrice Bergues in 2001 while Pako Ayestaran left his post as Rafael Benitez’s long-standing no.2 just six years later.

Both Bergues and Ayestaran were integral figures as the Anfield club enjoyed new-found success in winning domestic and European competitions.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, meanwhile, has revealed that a return to Liverpool’s academy helped him overcome a difficult spell of performances last month.

The full-back endured a difficult period of games in which he struggled against the likes of Manchester United and Crystal Palace.

It was after his Old Trafford ordeal that Alexander-Arnold sought advice from his old under-18 coach Neil Critchley and academy director Alex Inglethorpe.

He said: “Obviously I’m still close with the likes of Alex, ‘Critch’ and the coaches and staff at the Academy so there’s been plenty of times this season that I’ve been up to see them just to catch-up and see how things are going.

“They still give me advice and things I work on and how to get better.

“It’s important to get different people’s point of views because they see things differently, they might see it different to what the manager sees it.

“It’s important to listen to people who have experience in the game and to learn from them.”

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