Jurgen Klopp is set to recruit the esteemed Andreas Kornmayer from Bayern Munich to replace Ryland Morgans as Liverpool’s Head of Fitness and Conditioning.
The 41-year-old, who has worked with the German giants since 2004 from academy level up to the first team is expected to join the Reds at the end of the season. He has served under managers Pep Guardiola, Jupp Heynckes and Louis van Gaal, now in charge of Manchester United, at the Allianz Arena.
Morgans, appointed by former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers in 2012, announced his decision to end a four-year association with the club at the end of March to “pursue new challenges”.
Klopp considered internal and external candidates following his departure, before deciding that the Munich-born man would be the best addition to the sports science team.
Kornmayer began his spell helping whip Bayern into shape in July 2010, gaining promotion from the Under-19 and reserve set-up during Van Gaal’s tenure. He conditioned the team for 43 games under the Dutchman, 109 during Heynckes’ all-conquering stint and has overseen fitness in 151 matches thus far under Guardiola.
He is a specialist in creating individual rehabilitation programmes, strengthening the the likes of Franck Ribery, Philipp Lahm and Mario Gotze after sideline spells.
As Klopp gears up for his first complete campaign at the Reds’ helm and prepares for an intensive pre-season, Kornmayer will be a crucial element to ensuring Liverpool are able to deal with the demands of the manager’s ‘full-throttle’ approach in 2016-17.
Andy O’Boyle, who has been filling in since Morgans’ exit, will continue in the role until the appointment takes effect.
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