Liverpool staff profiles
Written by Simon Austin — April 1, 2018
Pen pics of Liverpool's coaching, science, medicine and analytics staff. To see staff profiles for other clubs, click here.
MANAGER AND FOOTBALL EXECUTIVES
Conduit between Edwards and Klopp on one side, and principal owner John W Henry and his Fenway Sports Group on the other. Manager Jurgen Klopp has said: “In FSG, he’s the LFC man.”
Was a semi-professional footballer who went on to work as an analyst at Portsmouth and Tottenham. Joined Liverpool as Head of Performance and Analysis in November 2011 and became Sporting Director since August 2015. Is ultimately responsible for recruitment, medical, performance, analysis, data science and loans. A key figure at the club.
ASSISTANT SPORTING DIRECTOR
Has a background in scouting and analysis and joined Liverpool from Manchester City in October 2012 as European Scouting Manager for Spain and Portugal. Promoted to Loan Pathways and Football Partnership Manager in 2015 - which became an increasingly important and involved role. Appointed Assistant Sporting Director - the first in England - in December 2020.
DIRECTOR OF LOAN MANAGEMENT
Worked with Edwards at Portsmouth before joining West Ham. Has been with Liverpool since October 2014, originally as Scouting Co-ordinator. Promoted to Head of Football Projects and Scouting Operations in 2017 and then to Director of Loan Management, replacing Julian Ward, in December 2020.
Won two Bundesliga titles and the German Cup during his seven years at Borussia Dortmund - as well as reaching the Champions League final. Was fourth in his first full season at Anfield and has gone from strength to strength since then. Won the Champions League in 2018/19 and then led Liverpool to the holy grail of the league title in 2019/20.
While Buvac is Klopp's brain, Krawietz is his eyes. Didn't play professionally, but became Klopp's chief scout at Mainz. They have been together ever since. Likely to be even more important in the absence of Buvac.
Left his role as Liverpool Development Coach to become boss of NEC Nijmegen in Holland in January. Brought back to Anfield at the start of June 2018. Very highly rated by Klopp.
Spent 10 years at Tranmere as a player then coach. Moved to Anfield in 2011.
Joined from the Football Association, where he was national GK coach for the U15 to U17 age group. Prior to that worked at Manchester United, primarily with the Academy but also the first team.
Won the World Cup with Brazil in 1994 and was runner-up four years later. Brought in by Liverpool in November 2021 as they look to build their “own philosophy in goalkeeping”.
Started working with Liverpool in pre-season 2018/19. Had previously made his name with FC Midtjylland and AC Horsens in his native Denmark.
ELITE DEVELOPMENT COACH
Appointed in October 2019, having previously worked as B team assistant at Porto. The Development Coach job had been vacant since Pep Lijnders left for NEC Nijmegen in January 2018.
HEAD OF RECOVERY & PERFORMANCE
Worked with Klopp for four seasons at Borussia Dortmund and the manager tried, unsuccessfully, to bring him to Liverpool in 2017. Finally reunited in December 2020. Schlumberger was boss of Andreas Kornmayer during his time at Bayern Munich from 2015 to 2017.
HEAD OF FITNESS & CONDITIONING
Fitness coach at Bayern Munich for 15 years before joining Liverpool in July 2016. Described as "absolute mastermind" by Klopp.
Nationality: Northern Ireland
Represented Northern Ireland U21s as a player. Joined Academy July 2012 before being promoted to first team in July this year.
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
Joined in 2011 as part of the club's link with Liverpool John Moores University. Role is predominantly gym based.
HEAD OF NUTRITION
Worked for German U21s before being hired by Pep Guardiola at Bayern. Spent three years there before joining Liverpool in July 2016.
Spent three years with the club as a PhD student as part of their long-standing partnership with Liverpool John Moores University. Became a permanent member of staff in summer of 2019.
ASSISTANT FITNESS COACH
Former semi-pro football who had been an intern with the Reds since October 2017. The former Loughborough University student joined the staff permanently in
Former pro footballer (with Watford, Blackburn and Aberdeen) and manager, with Chesterfield. Worked with Hull City and still consults with Lancashire Cricket as a performance psychologist. Has been doing three days a week with Liverpool since June 2019 and describes himself as "a resource for the players to tap into".
MEDICAL REHAB & PERFORMANCE MANAGER
Worked in football for Panathinaikos and Portsmouth, before joining the Aspetar hospital in Qatar in 2007, where he went on to head a specialist team treating elite foreign athletes. Appointed to this new position at the start of June 2018. Will be leaving at the end of the 2020/21 season at the end of his three-year contract.
Joined Liverpool in November 2018 after 11 years at Manchester City. Had been promoted to Head Physio under Roberto Mancini. Originally from Jersey, where he played for amateur side Jersey Scottish.
Returned to the club in August 2020, having previously worked for them from 2006 to 2016. Had stints at Crystal Palace and Arsenal in between. One of the most experienced medical professionals in English football.
Initially joined as a sports therapist with the Academy in 2009. Progressed to the first team last year.
Joined from rivals Manchester City in February 2020. Had been with them since September 2011.
PREVENTION & PERFORMANCE PHYSIO
Joined Liverpool in July 2021 after nine years with EDEN Reha in Donaustauf, Germany. During this time she worked with amateur and pro athletes from a range of sports and was a regular physio at tournaments for the German Football Association (DFB).
Joined Liverpool in June 2016 and promoted from Academy to first team in March 2020 following departure of Andy Massey to Fifa, initially temporarily and then full time after impressing in role.
Took on increased responsibilities with the first team when Massey moved to Fifa in March 2020.
Worked under Sam Allardyce at Bolton and West Ham. Joined Liverpool in 2015.
Formerly at Swansea City and Football Association of Wales. Moved to Liverpool in 2012.
HEAD OF POST-MATCH ANALYSIS AND ELITE PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
Was at Burnley under Eddie Howe and Sean Dyche. Joined boyhood club Liverpool in 2013. Promoted to current role in November 2020, when Harrison Kingston left to join the Moroccan Football Federation.
POST-MATCH AND ELITE PLAYER ANALYST
Joined the club in August 2014. Promoted from Academy to first team at the start of the 2020/21 season.
DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH
Joined from Decision Technology in July 2012 and leads on R&D, modelling and implementation. Has a PhD in physics from Cambridge University. At the end of 2019, the Welshman explained the 'one currency' Liverpool use to judge players.
LEAD DATA SCIENTIST
The Harvard University graduate joined Liverpool in March 2018. Previously senior data scientist with US firm Hudl. Expert in using data to understand passing, space and scoring opportunities, which he gave an insight into HERE.
SOFTWARE DEVELOPER & STATISTICAL RESEARCHER
Was a quantitative analyst in the energy industry before joining Liverpool in August 2012. In 2019, he delivered a presentation about the club's data science work at the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures.
Joined Liverpool in September 2013 from an energy company, where he had been a quantitative analyst.
Joined in March 2017 from Brew Digital for his second stint at the club. Along with Howlett, was transferred from the tech department to research by Graham.
Graham described the role of Howlett (and Stevenson) as “maintaining the database for us, building our research website and so on. They do all the tech stuff and that lets the four of us focus on the data science part of it.”