LONDON: Liverpool are believed to be optimistic that Jurgen Klopp will be in place as manager to pick up the pieces following the international break after Brendan Rodgers’s dismissal on Sunday night.
In the meantime assistant boss Sean O’Driscoll, first team coach Gary McAllister and development coach Pep Lijnders have been tasked with taking care of sessions at Melwood in the interim.
However, the futures of O’Driscoll, a former England Under-19 manager, and ex-Reds midfielder McAllister at the club look to be short-lived.
The pair were brought in this summer as part of a backroom reshuffle which saw Rodgers’ close friend Colin Pascoe and another former player Mike Marsh jettisoned after a robust end-of-season review.
With Rodgers now gone and Klopp being lined up as a replacement the German is certain to want to bring with him Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz – his trusted assistants who worked with him at Borussia Dortmund.
Not among the players who trained this morning was Philippe Coutinho, who yesterday pulled out of Brazil’s squad for World Cup qualifiers with Chile and Venezuela.
The 23-year-old has a minor groin injury is expected to be available for the trip to Tottenham on October 17 which could provide Klopp’s long-awaited managerial debut in the Premier League.