O’Driscoll set for Liverpool

It is understood both will be in their new posts in time for the return to pre-season training of most of the players.

O’Driscoll, who has left his role as England U19 manager, will replace Rodgers’ former number two Colin Pascoe, who was sacked in June following an end-of-season review into the club’s failure to retain Champions League football after a sixth-placed Premier League finish.

However, Lijnders is not a direct replacement for first-team coach Mike Marsh, who did not have his contract renewed in June, and is understood to have been given a role centred around elite player development having impressed with his one-on-one work with players at the academy. The Dutchman will also continue to work with the best youngsters in the U16 age-group at the academy.

Liverpool are likely to make one further addition to the coaching staff, which possibly leaves the way open for a return for an individual who has previous links with the club.

Former defender Sami Hyypia, who has managed Bayer Leverkusen and Brighton, and ex-assistant to Rafael Benitez Pako Ayesteran, who recently left his job with Maccabi Tel Aviv having led them to a domestic treble, were both been linked with a return to Merseyside, but the recruitment process is still ongoing.

The majority of Liverpool’s squad, including all their England internationals – which also means wantaway winger Raheem Sterling – report back to Melwood this week after their summer
break.

New arrival James Milner, who arrived on a free transfer from City, will be present while fellow new signing Danny Ings is likely to join up with his new team-mates on Wednesday.

Brazil internationals Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino, who has yet to have his medical having agreed a ??29m deal to move from Hoffenheim, are not scheduled to return for some time following their recent involvement at the Copa America.

Liverpool fly out to Bangkok next Sunday for the first leg of their pre-season tour of Asia and Australia.

Comments