Liverpool staff profiles

Pen pics of Liverpool's coaching, science, medicine and analytics staff. To see staff profiles for other clubs, click here.

MANAGER AND FOOTBALL EXECUTIVES

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Michael Gordon

Nationality: American

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.”

SPORTING DIRECTOR

Julian Ward

Nationality: English

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. Replaced the long-serving Michael Edwards as Sporting Director in summer of 2022.

DIRECTOR OF LOAN MANAGEMENT

David Woodfine

Nationality: English

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.

COACHING

MANAGER

Jurgen Klopp

Nationality: German

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.

ASSISTANT MANAGER

Peter Krawietz

Nationality: German

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.

ASSISTANT MANAGER

Pepijn Ljinders

Nationality: Dutch

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.

GOALKEEPER COACH

John Achterberg

Nationality: Dutch

Spent 10 years at Tranmere as a player then coach. Moved to Anfield in 2011.

GOALKEEPER COACH

Jack Robinson

Nationality: English

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.

GOALKEEPER COACH

Claudio Taffarel

Nationality: Brazilian

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”.

THROW-IN COACH

Thomas Grønnemark

Nationality: Danish

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

Vitor Matos

Nationality: Portuguese

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.

PERFORMANCE

HEAD OF MEDICINE AND FITNESS

Andreas Schlumberger

Nationality: German

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. Promoted to Head of Medicine and Fitness in summer 2022.

HEAD OF FITNESS & CONDITIONING

Andreas Kornmayer

Nationality: German

Fitness coach at Bayern Munich for 15 years before joining Liverpool in July 2016. Described as "absolute mastermind" by Klopp.

FITNESS

John Hill

Nationality: English

Arrived at the club as Academy Fitness Coach in July 2018 as the U18s fitness coach before being promoted to first-team duties in November 2021. Previously worked at Hearts from 2010 to 2017 and at MK Dons in 2017/18. Presented at our Youth Development Conference in 2019.

SPORTS SCIENTIST

Conall Murtagh

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

David Rydings

Nationality: English

Joined in 2011 as part of the club's link with Liverpool John Moores University. Role is predominantly gym based.

HEAD OF NUTRITION

Mona Nemmer

Nationality: German

Worked for German U21s before being hired by Pep Guardiola at Bayern. Spent three years there before joining Liverpool in July 2016.

ASSISTANT FITNESS COACH

Jordan Fairclough

Nationality: English

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

CONSULTANT PSYCHOLOGIST

Lee Richardson

Nationality: English

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

HEAD PHYSIO

Lee Nobes

Nationality: English

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.

HEAD OF OSTEOPATHY

Frigyes Vanden Auweele

Nationality: Belgian

Osteopathy is a means of detecting, treating and preventing health problems by moving, stretching and massaging muscles and joints. Vanden Auweele previously worked for Belgian top division side OH Leuven, as well as in cycling, volleyball and private practice. Joined Liverpool in summer of 2022.

SENIOR PHYSIO

Chris Morgan

Nationality: English

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.

PHYSIO

Joe Lewis

Nationality: English

Initially joined as a sports therapist with the Academy in 2009. Progressed to the first team last year.

PHYSIO

Steve Lilley

Nationality: English

Joined from rivals Manchester City in February 2020. Had been with them since September 2011.

PREVENTION & PERFORMANCE PHYSIO

Lena Aschenbrenner

Nationality: German

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).

DOCTOR

Sarah Lindsay

Nationality: English

Took on increased responsibilities with the first team when Massey moved to Fifa in March 2020.

PHYSIO

Christopher Rohrbeck

Nationality: German

Worked for the Reds from 2017 to 2020, having previously spent 14 years at Mainz in Germany. Returned in May 2022 as the club competed for the quadruple.

ANALYSIS

OPPOSITION SCOUT

Greg Mathieson

Nationality: Scottish

Worked under Sam Allardyce at Bolton and West Ham. Joined Liverpool in 2015.

OPPOSITION ANALYST

James French

Nationality: English

Formerly at Swansea City and Football Association of Wales. Moved to Liverpool in 2012.

POST-MATCH AND ELITE PLAYER ANALYST

Daniel Spearritt

Nationality: English

Joined the club in August 2014. Promoted from Academy to first team at the start of the 2020/21 season.

DATA SCIENCE

DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH

Ian Graham

Nationality: English

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

William Spearman

Nationality: American

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

Tim Waskett

Nationality: English

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.

STATISTICAL RESEARCHER

Dafydd Steele

Nationality: Welsh

Joined Liverpool in September 2013 from an energy company, where he had been a quantitative analyst.

SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Mark Stevenson

Nationality: English

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.

SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Mark Howlett

Nationality: English

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.”

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