Jurgen Klopp highlights reasons for new key man arriving at Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp referred to the credentials of Liverpool’s new recovery and performance manager, describing Dr Andreas Schlumberger as the German leader in this field.
Dr Schlumberger joined Schalke at the end of last month and works closely with Andreas Kornmayer, fitness and conditioning trainer, head physio Lee Nobes and club doctor Jim Moxon.

Klopp studied with Dr Schlumberger at university in Germany and has been following his career path closely since those days.

The Liverpool boss pointed to the ‘incredible’ CV of the latest recruit and explained why the doctor is now on staff at AXA Training Center.

“If you ask the people in Germany in this area – rehabilitation, performance, recovery – it’s number one in Germany,” Klopp said.


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“I’ve known him for years. We studied at the same university and I followed his path to the end.

“We worked together for Dortmund for a few years. He went to Bayern Munich, worked for ‘Gladbach, worked for Schalke, Nuremberg, for the German FA and the national team as well as the CV is absolutely amazing.

“Recovery, rehabilitation performance – it’s a science we’re not there yet. It’s normal.

“Twenty years ago it was a disaster compared to today, and today we are really in a good position, but the development and knowledge is not over.

“My understanding of how you can grow is to bring the best people together, let them discuss different cases and come to a common decision.

“That’s why I thought it made perfect sense to bring him in.

“We know each other but it’s not a personal decision, for me it’s a chance for the club to bring in an exceptional person with incredible knowledge about very important things in football.

“That’s why he’s here.

Liverpool believe Schlumberger’s experience and knowledge can help cut extra time for some of the players sidelined at the club.

The Reds have been in trouble all season with Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, notable long-time absentees after knee surgery.

Klopp and his team believe that Schlumberger’s expertise, in the newly created role, can strengthen their efforts to make players available in the future.

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