Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp explains decision to appoint new goalkeeping coach

Chidalu Obiajulu

Jurgen Klopp has explained his reasons for appointing and adding another goalkeeper coach, Claudio Taffarel to their current one.

The legendary Brazilian goalkeeper coach joined the Reds on Tuesday and will work alongside current coaches John Achterberg and Jack Robinson while continuing in his role with the Brazil national team.

Claudio Taffarel helped his country triumph in the 1994 World Cup final, saving Daniele Massaro’s spot-kick in their shootout win over Italy.

He was among those that won double Copa America in both 1989 and 1997 and since retiring in 2003 he has taken up several coaching roles, also enjoying two interim spells in charge of Galatasaray.

Ahead of his pre-match conference against Wolves, Klopp was asked about his signing of a new goalkeeping coach, and his response was: “I already for a while had the idea when I saw all our extremely talented goalkeepers.”

“It’s good to have or add more experienced coaches, in all age groups we really think we have an outstanding bunch of players there, starting of course with Ali but then Caoimhin [Kelleher], then Marcelo [Pitaluga], then Harvey [Davies], Vit [Jaros] was brilliant in Ireland, he’s doing well, and we have a lot of games so that means we are constantly on the road, in hotels, stuff like this.

Claudio Taffarel joined Liverpool on Tuesday

“I had to think that we needed to add a real solution for these boys, not only for these boys but for these boys as well, and we want to create our own goalkeeping philosophy actually.

“We thought is the right thing to add a more experienced goalie to our coaching staff, obviously, and works in the moment together with two of the best goalies in the world: Ederson and Alisson [in his role with the Brazil national team].”

It was made public that it was Alisson’s idea to the coach about a glowing reference of Taffarel.

The German coach finally added that: “We spoke to Ali and he was quite pleased about that, then we spoke to Taffa and he loved the idea as well [and] here we go. It’s really good and exciting.

“He is a brilliant guy and he’s older than me, which is important because I was the oldest in the coaching staff!”

Liverpool will be looking to top the league table with a win against Wolves, as their London rival Chelsea lost at West Ham this afternoon.