April 30, 2018 / 10:53 AM / 3 months ago

Soccer: Klopp's assistant Buvac will be absent until end of season

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp will go into Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg against AS Roma without his long-term assistant Zeljko Buvac who will be absent from his role until the end of the season.

Soccer Football - Champions League - Liverpool Training - Melwood Training Ground, Liverpool, Britain - April 3, 2018 Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp and assistant manager Zeljko Buvac during training Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough

The Premier League club said Buvac remained a Liverpool employee but is spending time away from the first team for personal reasons.

Bosnian Buvac played with Klopp at Germany’s Mainz in the 1990s and was his assistant manager at the club before moving with him to Borussia Dortmund and on to Liverpool in 2015.

Liverpool’s position is that the club consider the matter to be private and they will not be making any further comment.

Liverpool lead Roma 5-2 from the first leg at Anfield and if they succeed in defending that advantage at the Stadio Olimpico they will face Real Madrid or Bayern Munich in the final in Kiev on May 26.

Reporting by Simon Evans, editing by Ed Osmond

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