sport news Jurgen Klopp: I'm nothing without Liverpool backroom staff

Much loved at Anfield, respected by colleagues and revered by opponents, Jurgen Klopp has made quite the impression at Liverpool since taking to the helm in 2015.

After guiding the Reds back to the elite bracket of the top four, the German is hoping to go one better and challenge for major honours this season.

But despite all the praise being pushed in his direction, the charismatic yet humble 50-year-old admits he would be nothing without the input of his backroom staff. 

Jurgen Klopp holds his staff in the highest regard, insisting he is 'nothing' without them

Jurgen Klopp holds his staff in the highest regard, insisting he is 'nothing' without them

The German boss is rarely ever seen on the touchline unaccompanied by his closest allies

The German boss is rarely ever seen on the touchline unaccompanied by his closest allies

The former man immediately sought to bring his Bundesliga allies Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz to Anfield upon his appointment on Merseyside, and is rarely seen on the touchline without one or the other.

But who are Klopp's coaching team, and what does the German say of his closest allies whom he is hoping will help him restore the glory days to Liverpool? Sportsmail takes a look... 

Zeljko Buvac - First assistant coach

Klopp's relationship with Buvac - the man he openly names 'the brain' of all his operations - appears to be one of the most important components behind his ultimate success. 

Jurgen Klopp credits Zeljko Buvac as 'the brain' behind his operations at Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp credits Zeljko Buvac as 'the brain' behind his operations at Liverpool

'I think the biggest strength of strong people is to put people around you who are stronger in specific cases than yourself. Only if you are insecure you wouldn't do that and think, "Oh my god, maybe somebody sees he is better at this than I am…'' Klopp said recently in an interview with Liverpoolfc.com, and it is this attitude which makes his relationship with Buvac click so nicely.

On several occasions Klopp has marvelled at the knowledge, understanding and passion for the game of which Buvac possesses, openly admitting he is the go-to person for all of his football queries.

'Zeljko is football expertise incarnate,' Klopp said of his assistant following his appointment on Merseyside. 'I learn every day from him.' 

Peter Krawietz - Second assistant coach

Krawietz forms the third string of the triple Klopp-Buvac-Krawietz ensemble which steers the ship that is Liverpool football club.

Where Klopp sees Buvac as the brain of the operation, he admits Krawietz is the 'eye' of proceedings and the tactical string-puller.

In a similar way, Klopp sees fellow right-hand man Peter Krawietz as 'the eyes' of his set-up

In a similar way, Klopp sees fellow right-hand man Peter Krawietz as 'the eyes' of his set-up

All-seeing, Krawietz's surveying input is invaluable to Klopp, with constant suggestions, amendments and predictions on what the first team could and should be doing to improve. 

Unlike Buvac, Krawietz has no significant playing experience in the game, instead arriving in his initial role at Mainz after obtaining a sports degree at the University of Mainz.

Operating as video analyst during Klopp's time as a player at Mainz, Krawietz told SPOX in 2012 that '[Klopp] was one of the professionals who was interested most in the visual processing of tactical analysis.'

Pepijn Lijnders - First-team development coach

Lijnders remained from the previous regime of Brendan Rodgers, though hadn't been at the club long when Klopp took to the driving seat.

The Dutchman has risen in profile during his time with the Reds, and is steadily becoming renowned as one of the most forward-thinking coaches in the game.  

Highly rated coach Pepijn Lijnders writes everything down and is also seen as part of the brain

Highly rated coach Pepijn

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