Having announced the departure of Chris Morgan, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, continues to reshuffle his backroom staff ahead of the 2016/17 Premier League season. Morgan was head physiotherapist at Liverpool and had been at the club for 10 years, working with both the first team and the academy during that time. Morgan is not the first departure and may not be the last, as Klopp looks to bring in his own staff to Anfield, in time for pre-season training.
Fitness and conditioning coach, Ryland Morgans, is another member of staff who has recently left the club, as Klopp brings people in from the Bundesliga. Borussia Dortmund would perhaps be the obvious choice, as Klopp looks for staff he knows and trusts but in actual fact, Bayern Munich has been the German club Klopp has raided for new faces this summer. The German manager has brought in Bayern Munich fitness coach, Andreas Kornmayer.
Kornmayer has worked under a number of the world’s top managers, including Pep Guardiola, Jupp Heynckes and Louis van Gaal. He worked his way through the ranks at the Allianz Arena for over 10 years and took on first team duties in the 2010/11 season. Liverpool will be getting a fitness coach, who has helped to guide Bayern Munich to incredible success of the past five years. A standout feature of their treble winning season under Heynckes in 2012/13, was the fact all of their players remained fit throughout the season, a factor which was not lost on Klopp, during his time at Borussia Dortmund. With the likes of Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge struggling with injury problems throughout the season, perhaps Kornmayer can keep these players fit and firing on all cylinders, for the duration of the season. Having key players fit all season, can make a huge difference to the performance of the team and the finishing position in the Premier League.
Klopp has also raided Bayern Munich for nutritionist, Mona Nemmer. This move has come much to the annoyance of incoming Bayern boss, Carlo Ancelotti, as she is very highly regarded in top level sport and one of the leaders in her field. Nemmer worked for Bayern Munich from 2013, having already spent a number of years with the German national team and will bring huge experience to the Liverpool backroom staff next season.
Klopp had already brought in Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz, when he was first appointed as Liverpool manager last season. Both men worked with Klopp at Borussia Dortmund, with Buvac as assistant manager and Krawietz as chief scout. With the latest additions of Kornmayer and Nemmer, Klopp is starting to shape the Anfield backroom staff to his liking. With the level of intensity in the Premier League, the experience and expertise of Kornmayer and Nemmer, could make the difference, especially during the gruelling parts of the season, such as the Christmas period. The real challenge will be keeping Daniel Sturridge fit for the whole season. If they can manage that, expect to hear their names mentioned more often, as the season progresses.
With the Liverpool squad expected to undertake triple training sessions during pre-season, Kornmayer and Nemmer will be key figures behind the scenes. They may not be the names on the tip of supporters tongues at the moment but that will soon change, as the 2016/17 Premier League season edges closer.