Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp says he’s coping just fine without his former trusted lieutenant Zeljko Buvac.
The Bosnian left Liverpool a few weeks back for ambiguous, largely unpublicised reasons – and the team hasn’t yet won a game without him in the dugout.
There were suggestions he’d return for our final two games of the season, but these have so far proved unfounded.
According to Klopp – perhaps tellingly – Buvac’s absence isn’t affecting Liverpool negatively at all.
“No, not a bit,” he told the Echo, when asked.
“Is there more responsibility or stress? No, absolutely not.
“I am not on my own, I have still a lot of people around me, Peter Krawietz and Andreas Kornmayer’s team.
“So I am not alone. Nobody needs to worry about that.”
This doesn’t sound like Klopp especially wants his old partner back, in truth.
Or perhaps he’s just downplaying Buvac’s absence with two enormous games scheduled for the remainder of the campaign.
We’d love it if Buvac was alongside Klopp in Kiev, as we’ll need all the help we can get against consecutive champions Real Madrid.
In time, exactly what’s happened will be made clear, but for now, it’s clearly something the club is keeping under wraps – likely for the benefit of the team and keeping the fanbase united.
We just hope Klopp’s right and that he and his squad give their everything to ensure a good season becomes a legendary one.