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Klopp’s Arrival Means the End for Rodgers’ Assistants

With Jurgen Klopp set to become Liverpool's next manager, at least four of Rodgers' assistants will be out of a job, including Gary McAllister and Sean O'Driscoll.

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When a manager is let go, what happens to his assistants soon becomes a question, and it was no different with Brendan Rodgers. By Monday, with it clear Jurgen Klopp was the frontrunner to take over, there was already speculation it could mean the end for the likes of Gary McAllister and Sean O'Driscoll. Today, widespread reports confirm that this will be the case.

Assistant manager O'Driscoll and first-team coach McAllister are both to be replaced by Klopps' top assistants from his Dortmund days, though there are at least suggestions McAllister will be offered a role elsewhere on the staff and it will be up to him if he is willing to accept a demotion. Both men arrived over the summer, replacing Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh. Glen Driscoll and Chris Davies are also being let go.

While O'Driscoll and McAllister arrived over the summer—with the former resigning from the England set-up to take a Liverpool job that in the end will only have lasted three months—Driscol and Davies are men that Rodgers brought with him when he was first appointed in 2012. Driscol was Rodgers' head of performance analysis and Davies was head of opposition analysis.

There was some concern that first-team development coach Pep Lijnders could also be in trouble, but multiple reports suggest that Fenway Sports Group argued for him to remain in his position and that Klopp agreed to keep him on. Dietmar Hamann has been rumoured as an ex-Red Klopp could offer a job to replace one of the outgoing coaches, while Robbie Fowler has publicly put his name into contention.

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