Ex-Liverpool assistant hits out at Klopp: ‘I was the manager’

October 5, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Zeljko Buvac has finally broken his silence after his shock departure from Liverpool in 2018, claiming he “did the job of manager” while working as Jurgen Klopp’s assistant.

Buvac left Anfield with no explanation beyond ‘personal reasons’ after working with Klopp for 17 years.


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It was claimed that the Bosnian-Serb wasn’t happy with the growing influence of Pep Lijnders, who has since been promoted to assistant manager.

Buvac admitted that he did not congratulate Klopp or the Liverpool players on winning the title and hinted at a breakdown in his relationship with his former boss in conversation with Russian journalist Nobel Arustamyan, with the quotes translated by The Athletic.

“I didn’t,” Buvac said when asked if he had congratulated Klopp.

“I was happy for Liverpool, for the fans, for the players. But I didn’t.”

His failure to mention Klopp’s name was notable, and his expanation as to why he has not since returned to management gives an indication as to why…

“It felt like I’ve been the manager for all those 17 years,” he said, having taken up the job of sporting director at Dynamo Moscow after also working with Klopp at Mainz and Dortmund.

“I did the job of a manager, except speaking in public and giving interviews.

“Apart from that, I had all the functions and tried to influence my team as much as I could to help them succeed.

“But I didn’t need that kind of attention.”

Klopp does “need” it then?

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

“You say I’m here just to stay occupied and wait for a better chance, but if you knew what 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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