Here are the 7 of the most important people in the Liverpool first-team coaching staff:
JÃ¼rgen Klopp (holding the Liverpool scarf)
Born onÂ 16 June 1967 in Stuttgart, Germany,Â JÃ¼rgen became the Manager of Liverpool in October 2015. Since then, Liverpool has adopted the Gegenpressing philosophy of playing “characterized by high-intensity running and pressing, a high-line across the pitch and counter-attacking football on the break.”
And now for the others, top row first, from left to right.
Born on 13 September 1961 in what is now Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zeljko is the First Assistant Coach which essentially means that he is the assistant ofÂ JÃ¼rgen Klopp, who refers him as “The brain” of the backroom staff.
Peter is theÂ Second Assistant Coach of Liverpool. Born onÂ 31 December 1971 inÂ Mainz, Germany, Peter excels inÂ scouting and match analysis. JÃ¼rgen calls him “The Eye” of his staff.
Born on 24 January 1983 in Venray, Netherlands, Pepijn is the First-team Development Coach. His job is to “assist JÃ¼rgen to develop a recognisable Liverpool FC style but also give young talent the chance to develop to first-team standards.”Â JÃ¼rgen considersÂ Pepijn as part of “The Brain”.
John is the First-team Goalkeeping Coach of Liverpool. Born inÂ Utrecht, Netherlands on 8 July 1971, John was a former goalkeeper. According toÂ JÃ¼rgen, John has the ability to be “a goalkeeper coach 24 hours a day” and “if you want to talk to him about anything [other than goalkeeping], he can lead every conversation in a goalkeeping direction”.
Born around 1985 in Germany (I couldn’t find her exact birth date…), Mona is the Head of Nutrition at Liverpool. Quoting her, “I take care of the chefs, the projects, what quality of product we are buying, which components can we put on the menus depending on whether it is matchday minus one, matchday or what can be served on the bus after a game. Then itâ€™s about when will it be eaten and what will be the last meal before a match.” She also adds:Â â€œSome players like to cook for themselves, some like to take away a packed bag with food in, but here we like to react individually. If the player wants a cooking lesson, or their wives or girlfriends do, we are free in the sense to help them with whatever they need.â€ She also says: “Football is difficult sport because on the one hand it is about endurance, but on the other it is strength, so I always try to update my knowledge […]”.Â JÃ¼rgen says that “Mona is the Heart and Soul” of the backroom staff.
Andreas is the Head of Fitness and Conditioning. Born on 21 September 1974 in Munich, Germany,Â Andreas is the “drill sergeant” of Liverpool according toÂ JÃ¼rgen. “He needs to be the bad boy from time to time because players donâ€™t like running”.
This is quite an interesting backroom team: 4 from Germany, 2 from Holland and 1 fromÂ Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is very different from previous staff which, initially, were mostly from Great Britain and then Spain.
Kind of a very precise German piece of engineering with, of course, a “cool madman” at the steering wheel. I love it.