By Richard Parks
Jim White has suggested that Rangers’ pursuit of Steven Gerrard could be over after the BBC reported that Liverpool assistant manager Zeljko Buvac will be absent for the rest of the season.
BBC Merseyside Sports reported on their personal Twitter account on Monday morning that Jurgen Klopp’s right-hand man “will spend some time away” from the club “for personal reasons”.
It is said the Bosnian-Serb will not be involved for the remainder of the campaign but remains an employee of Liverpool.
BREAKING: After reports that Zeljko Buvac has left #LFC, we understand that he will spend some time away from the first team environment for the rest of the season for personal reasons. Buvac remains an employee and his position at the club is not affected by this absence. pic.twitter.com/KJPiFyuzDu
— BBC Merseyside Sport (@bbcmerseysport) April 30, 2018
Broadcaster and journalist White’s interpretation of the Liverpool bombshell is that it could affect Rangers’ pursuit of Gerrard.
He suggested on his personal Twitter account that Klopp could look to promote Gerrard from his Under-18s role to the senior set-up for the remainder of the season.
Does the developing @LFC news on Buvac mean Klopp should look to Gerrard to assist him for the remaining games? Although @RangersFC want him, Stevie G’s presence on the bench in the ChampionsLeague Final would be huge! @talkSPORT from 10.
— Jim White (@JimWhite) April 30, 2018
The Daily Record claim that Buvac, who moved to Anfield in October 2015, has left the club following a “dispute” with Klopp.
It is said that Liverpool’s players were informed on Sunday that the Bosnian-Serb is leaving Klopp’s backroom staff, to end a 17-year coaching relationship.
Football Insider verdict:
White’s interpretation is a slightly odd one. Quite why Gerrard would be fast-tracked to Klopp’s backroom staff when he is on the verge of accepting a plum manager’s job is a bit of a mystery. Sure, Klopp is a man short, but rumours are that Buvac has been sidelined from tactical and team meetings for some time. Gerrard is not part of Klopp’s inner circle, and it is likely the German will have firm plans on who he wants as his new No2. The former Liverpool midfielder would be better off sticking with his gut feeling, and his original plan, to take on a manager’s job that is immensely challenging but also potentially the kickstart to a top dugout career.