Jurgen Klopp has explained why Liverpool have appointed a new coach in the form of Vitor Matos.
The 31-year-old Matos has officially joined the club from Porto as elite development coach and replaces Pepijn Lijnders, who has become Klopp’s assistant manager.
Matos has worked with Lijnders at Porto before, and has held a variety of roles with the Portuguese giants since joining them in 2011, including B team assistant boss and opponent analyst.
Matos holds the UEFA Elite Youth A Licence and his previous experience with emerging talent at U10, U12, U14, U15s and U17s in Portugal was key in his suitability for the Reds.
Klopp told Liverpoolfc: “We’ve worked for a while on it. We had the idea that it makes real sense because we have so many outstanding, young boys.
“The situation is a little bit like this: if you are in pre-season, they are with us and we need them for training, for the games and all that stuff. But then the season starts and all the big guns come back and we don’t want to give them the feeling they are now a bit further away again.
“So we thought it made sense that they really get their specific coach again what Pep did years ago when I came in. I loved the fact I got a sensational assistant manager, but we lost the development coach a little bit.
“We had to fill that void and we’ve done that with a really great guy, an outstanding coach. Young and experienced, you don’t get that a lot. A kind of guy who is used to having six or seven sessions a day.”
Klopp continued: “He is smart, his English is very good – which is obviously important – and he has worked at different clubs, but is educated at Porto, which is good for us because Pep is from there as well.
“He had made his own experience already and now we can all get the benefit of that. It will be great for the boys 100 per cent.
“We have to introduce him to the boys, but he will do that today.”