Jurgen Klopp has seen further changes made to his backroom staff at Liverpool following the surprise sacking of Head of Physiotherapy Andy Renshaw.
It marks yet another shake-up of the club’s medical and sports science department, with Klopp having acquired head of fitness and conditioning Andreas Kornmeyer from Bayern Munich in 2016 and physio Christopher Rohrbeck from Mainz before the summer just gone.
Renshaw leaves his position just 15 months after starting his role with the first team, reports the Telegraph.
He had previously been working with the club’s academy, a role he had been in since 2009, but was promoted to senior-team duties when Chris Morgan left.
His untimely departure comes as a shock, with there having been no signs suggestive that he was on his way out of the club.
Renshaw’s dismissal comes amid ongoing discussion surrounding the importance of peak physical condition at Liverpool, given the high-intensity approach Klopp demands from his players.
Fitness has been an issue long in the spotlight at Anfield, with Daniel Sturridge’s constant injury woes having raised eyebrows over they years and niggling problems throughout the team persisting to be a regular disruption.
Nevertheless, it seems a strange decision at a time when only Adam Lallana is a significant absentee.