Jurgen Klopp's training plans, ahead of his first game as in charge of Liverpool against Tottenham, has hit a roadblock as his second in charge, Zeljko Buvac, failed to secure his work permit on time. The former Borussia Dortmund man has known Buvac since his time in Mainz and regards the former teammate "as his brain".
Buvac was part of his coaching staff when Klopp first took over at Mainz and followed him to Dortmund. The duo had unprecedented success in the Bundesliga, winning two consecutive titles and playing in the Champions League final. The Mirror reports that the Reds are hoping the Bosnian would arrive before the Tottenham game, as his absence could leave them vulnerable, given Klopp's dependence on the man to oversee tactical aspects of the game.
Klopp took over Liverpool last week after Brendan Rodgers was relieved of his services following his side's 1-1 draw with Everton in the Merseyside derby. Liverpool chairman Tom Werner insisted that they were not impressed with the direction the club was taking and Klopp's availability made the decision easy for them to hand over the reins to the former Dortmund manager.
The 48-year-old's other assistant, Peter Krawietz, has in the meantime arrived at Anfield and is currently training with the players who have not been deputed on international duty. Adam Lallana, Danny Ings, Nathaniel Clyne, Emre Can and Adam Bogdan have all trained under the new manager and are warming up to the prospect of playing under him.
Lallana has already expressed his desire to begin proceedings under the new manager, having spent a major part of last season out with injury. "I am excited, very excited, to work with the new manager," Lallana said and added, "I saw the press conference and, like everyone there and the reaction he is getting, it is going to be exciting."