Jurgen Klopp is set to add FC Porto coach Vitor Matos to his coaching staff, according to the Evening Standard, with the Portuguese’s role set to be similar to the one that Pep Lijnders performed before he stepped up to become the German’s assistant.
Matos’ key task will be to bridge the gap between the U23s and the first team, working with players who are set to make the step up. The 31-year-old worked with Lijnders when they were at Porto earlier in their careers, so the pair know each other well.
From next summer, the Reds’ academy sides and first team will train at the same place in Kirkby, where the club’s current Academy site is being extended to facilitate the move from Melwood.
With the brilliant crop of young players currently coming through the system, it makes perfect sense to make that transition to the senior setup as smooth as possible.