Jürgen Klopp has confirmed that Vitor Matos has joined his staff as an elite development coach.
Matos has been brought in from FC Porto where he was assistant coach of the Portuguese club’s B Team. At Liverpool he will oversee the transition of players from the academy to the first team helped by his 11 years of international coaching experience.
He previously worked with Liverpool’s assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders at Porto and now takes up Pep’s previous position at Anfield which was vacated when he was promoted to work directly alongside the Liverpool manager following the departure of Željko Buvač.
Klopp told the official Liverpool FC website: “We’ve worked for a while on it. We had the idea that it makes real sense because we have so many outstanding, young boys.
“The situation is a little bit like this: if you are in pre-season, they are with us and we need them for training, for the games and all that stuff. But then the season starts and all the big guns come back and we don’t want to give them the feeling they are now a bit further away again.
“So we thought it made sense that they really get their specific coach again what Pep did years ago when I came in. I loved the fact I got a sensational assistant manager, but we lost the development coach a little bit.
“We had to fill that void and we’ve done that with a really great guy, an outstanding coach. Young and experienced, you don’t get that a lot. A kind of guy who is used to having six or seven sessions a day.
“He is smart, his English is very good – which is obviously important – and he has worked at different clubs, but is educated at Porto, which is good for us because Pep is from there as well.
“He had made his own experience already and now we can all get the benefit of that. It will be great for the boys 100 per cent.
“We have to introduce him to the boys, but he will do that today.”
Matos holds the UEFA Elite Youth A License qualification and has a Masters in physical education. He is fluent in Spanish and English.
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