Liverpool will benefit from the appointments of Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz to Liverpool’s backroom team, according to Paul Lambert.
Lambert studied for his UEFA pro licence alongside Klopp in Germany in 2004, and the two have kept in touch ever since, with Lambert spending nine days watching Klopp’s training methods at Borussia Dortmund earlier this year.
“We did our coaching badges together, he’s really funny to be around, he’s a big character in the game and very infectious – but when it comes to football he’s serious and he’s got a really good backroom staff,” Lambert said of Klopp. “He’s a top, top guy.”
Lambert spent time with Klopp’s analysis expert Krawietz, who, in Krawietz’s words, “tells the people in charge what’s important to the head coach”.
“Peter, the video analyst, is very good,” Lambert said.
“He was great with me when I was over there and showed me how it worked on the analysis side of it.
“Peter is a big part of his team and he was at Mainz with him. He knows him really well and is someone who he trusts to be very analytical about the game. He’s someone he’ll lean on.”
Klopp’s assistant at Dortmund was Buvac, who Klopp calls “a football genius” and everyone else calls ‘The Brain’.
“I can understand why Jurgen calls him that,” Lambert said. “He’s very quiet, but excellent. I’ve seen him working and he doesn’t say much but he’s very astute on the game.
“The three of them work really well. I would be shocked if these two don’t come with him to Liverpool.”
Once his appointment is confirmed, Lambert expects Klopp to waste no time in implementing his methods on the Liverpool squad.
“If you look back at his really successful time at Dortmund a lot of his game was based on the amount of mileage they could cover on the pitch,” Lambert said on talkSPORT. “They covered the ground and nobody could outrun them.
“I remember talking to him just before the Champions League final at Wembley and he said to me: ‘We have to score in maybe 30-35 minutes of this game because if we don’t do then Bayern’s experience will start to come through and it will be really difficult for us.’
“I think he will demand the same at Liverpool, he will get players who will be able to do what he wants to do, and that is cover the ground.
“When you first go into a job that’s when you’re at your most powerful, and I think he will be saying ‘I’ll come, but only if I get full control’ and I think Liverpool have to say okay, especially if you’re pulling someone as big as him to come to your club to do it.
“He will get the feel-good factor there, he will get that enthusiasm that he generates to the crowd and that will go from the stadium onto the pitch, and that will help the lads run that extra yard. Dortmund have a massive fan base so going to Liverpool is not going to change him but he knows the history behind Liverpool, he will know exactly what he’s going to walk in to.
“He has a really good backroom staff if he brings the two lads with him, he will know exactly what to expect.”
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