Former Liverpool assistant Zeljko Buvac has insisted he is the man behind Jurgen Klopp’s success in a remarkable interview.
Buvac worked alongside the German coach for 17 years before their relationship broke down in April 2018.
He was dubbed ‘The Brain’ during his time at Klopp’s side and many wondered how Liverpool would cope without him.
The club have since won the Champions League and Premier League, but Buvac has admitted he did not congratulate the club on their success.
“I didn’t,” the Dynamo Moscow sporting director told Nobel in a now deleted video per Daily Mail. “I was happy for Liverpool, for the fans, for the player. But I didn’t.”
Buvac then went on to state he became a sporting director after “being the manager for 17 years” working with Klopp.
“I did the job of a manager, except speaking in public and giving interviews,” he continued.
“Apart from that, I had all the functions and tried to influence my team as much as I could to help them succeed. But I didn’t need that kind of attention.
“I don’t want to be a manager now. If Barcelona calls me then of course I’ll think about it but otherwise no.
“You say I’m here just to stay occupied and wait for a better chance. But if you knew what kind of offers I had rejected during the pause in my career you wouldn’t have said that. But I won’t tell you which clubs.”
The interview has emerged the day after Liverpool’s humiliating 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa in one of the club’s heaviest domestic defeats.