Liverpool have reportedly dismissed suggestions that Jurgen Klopp assistant Zeljko Buvac has left Liverpool.
It was reported on Sunday night by the Daily Record that Buvac had departed the club due to a deteriorating relationship between him and Klopp.
However, according to the Liverpool Echo, Buvac has not left the club. Though, he will step away from his role as assistant for the remainder of the season. Liverpool say that this is for personal reasons and that he is a still an employee of the club.
The Times have some additional information which suggests there were elements of truth to initial reports. It's reported that players were informed on Sunday that Buvac would not be involved for the rest of the season. The 56-year-old becoming "increasingly distant and withdrawn" around the club is said to form part of the reason for him taking a step back.
Buvac, who was at Anfield on Saturday for Liverpool's draw with Stoke, has previously been called "the brain" of his management team by Klopp.
The two - who were teammates at German side Mainz - have worked together for the past 16 years. Their managerial partnership began at Mainz before moving onto greater success at Borussia Dortmund and then Liverpool.