Liverpool poised to add Porto coach to Klopp’s backroom team

Date published: Monday 30th September 2019 10:51 - Robert McCarthy

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is set to bolster his backroom team with the addition of Portuguese coach Vitor Matos from Porto.

The Liverpool Echo reports that Matos is set to be confirmed in a role which will smooth the transition from the academy to the Liverpool first-team by the end of the week.

The 31-year-old will effectively be replacing Pep Lijnders in the position, with the Dutchman having been promoted to Klopp’s assistant following the sudden exit of his long-time previous No.2 Zeljko Buvac shortly before the 2018 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.

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Matos has worked with Lijnders at Porto before, and has held a variety of roles with the Portuguese giants since joining them in 2011, including B team assistant boss and opponent analyst.

He briefly left Porto for a short spell in China in 2016, before returning two years later and retaking his position as assistant boss of the B team.

 

 

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