Jurgen Klopp considering former Liverpool coach as replacement for Zeljko Buvac

Jurgen Klopp is ready to bring former Liverpool coach Pepijn Lijnders back to Anfield following the shock departure of Zeljko Buvac last month, according to reports.

The Serbian coach, who has been alongside Klopp since they were at Mainz 17 years ago, left the club just days before the Reds’ Champions League semi-final second leg against Roma.

Buvac is believed to have wanted to become a manager in his own right and was linked with both the Arsenal job and a return to Germany with Frankfurt.

However, the Gunners now look set to appoint Mikel Arteta as their successor to Arsene Wenger, while Young Boys coach Adi Hutter is the favourite to land the Frankfurt job.

That leaves Buvac in limbo, and the Daily Mail report that, although he is still currently employed by the club, Liverpool are preparing to reshape their backroom team without Buvac in it.

Instead, Klopp is giving serious consideration to inviting Lijnders back to Liverpool, with the coach having left Merseyside in January to take charge of NEC Nijmegen. After failing to win promotion from the Dutch second division, however, the former Academy coach has now left the club.

Klopp has remained in contact with Lijnders and the pair had a strong relationship, and Liverpool are considering the possibility of having him fill the void left by Buvac.

While Klopp has already given some thought to the makeup of his backroom team, he will not make any appointments until after the Champions League final a week on Saturday.