Jurgen Klopp has talked up the credentials of Liverpool’s new head of recovery and performance, describing Dr Andreas Schlumberger as Germany’s leader in the field.
Dr Schlumberger joined from Schalke at the end of last month and works closely with Andreas Kornmayer, the fitness and conditioning coach, head physio Lee Nobes and club doctor Jim Moxon.
Klopp studied with Dr Schlumberger at university in Germany and has kept close tabs on his career path since those days.
“If you would ask people in Germany in this area – rehab, performance, recovery – he is number one in Germany,” Klopp said.
“I have known him for years. We studied at the same university and I followed his way all the way through.
“We worked together for Dortmund for a few years. He went to Bayern Munich, worked for ‘Gladbach, worked for Schalke, Nuremberg, for the German FA and national team as well so the CV is absolutely incredible.
“Recovery, rehab performance – it is a science where we are not there yet. That’s normal.
“Twenty years ago it was a catastrophe compared to today, and today we are in a really good place, but the development and the knowledge is not finished.
“My understanding of how you can develop is by bringing the best people together, let them discuss different cases and come to a common decision.
“That’s why I thought it made perfect sense to bring him in.
“We know each other but it’s not a personal decision, for me it is a chance for the club to bring in an outstanding person with incredible knowledge about very important things in football.
“That’s why he’s here.”
Liverpool believe Schlumberger’s experience and knowledge can help trim down the injury time for some of the club’s sidelined players.
The Reds have been beset by problems all season with Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk notable long-term absentees after knee surgery.
Klopp and his staff believe the expertise of Schlumberger, in the newly-created role, can strengthen their efforts to make players available going forward.