Former assistant manager and Jurgen Klopp’s long-time right-hand man has now officially left Liverpool after having his contract settled with the club, according to an article from Paul Joyce of The Times yesterday.
Although he was previously thought to be on leave ever since walking away from Liverpool four days prior to the Champions League semi-final clash against Roma back in April, it is now believed he has officially departed.
Klopp and Buvac had been seemingly inseparable ever since starting off as team-mates at Mainz during the 1990s and this partnership carried into management, with Buvac being Klopp’s assistant during his days at Mainz, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool.
The 57-year-old was considered integral to much of Klopp’s success, earning the moniker “The Brain” for his quick-thinking and tactical aptitude.
It is still unknown exactly why Buvac decided to leave Anfield nine months ago, with possible speculation about Klopp taking ideas from other staff being a factor in his decision.
Although according to Joyce, one thing is certain: if Klopp viewed Buvac as being key to sustaining a title challenge and push for a sixth Champions League, he would have pushed much harder to keep him.