By Pete O'Rourke

5th Nov, 2022 | 7:15pm

Sources: Liverpool in advanced talks to agree landmark deal

Liverpool are close to appointing a club doctor following an extensive recruitment process, sources have told Football Insider.

The Premier League giants enlisted the help of a headhunting firm to assemble a shortlist of candidates to fill the critical medical role.

Now the Merseyside giants are in advanced talks to appoint an experienced operator to link up with Jurgen Klopp’s backroom team.

It is believed that a deal has been offered to the lead candidate and terms are close to being finalised.

Director of football Julian Ward has overseen the interview stage as well as the entire process, which began when Moxon quit during the summer after Liverpool’s pre-season tour.

Some have blamed Liverpool’s unusually high injury list this season on the absence of a club doctor to oversee it.

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But that is dismissed by sources, who point out that the role of the medical team is reactive, and the seemingly never-ending list of setbacks is due to multiple other factors.

Those include training and injury prevention methods as well as the number of match minutes clocked up by individual players.

At one stage in August, Liverpool had 10 first-team squad members in the treatment room and the casualty list has barely abated since.

In October, Arthur Melo was ruled out for up to four months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn thigh muscle and star attackers Luis Diaz (knee) and Jota (calf) are also undergoing extensive rehabilitation and are facing similar length periods out.

Naby Keita has not played since late July and fellow injury-plagued midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has made just one substitute appearance. 

Calvin Ramsay has only just made his first-team debut after three months out, while Ibrahima Konate and Curtis Jones have missed most of the season due to injury.

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