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Klopp wants to create new philosophy following appointment of coach Taffarel

Klopp has spoken about the appointment of the former Brazil goalkeeper, after “world-class” Taffarel joined the coaching staff at Liverpool

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Liverpool have added a World Cup winner to their coaching ranks with Claudio Taffarel arriving to work with the club’s goalkeepers.

The 55-year-old played 101 times for Brazil, helping his country win the World Cup in 1994, and Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has sung the praises of a man he recognises as someone who was once “a world-class player”.

Taffarel has been working with the Brazilian national team, coming into contact with Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson in his role with the Selecao, and joins ahead of a busy December for Klopp’s team.

After noting that he is no longer the oldest member of the coaching staff, the manager explained what the arrival of the World Cup and Copa America winner will bring to the Merseyside club.

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Taffarel and Alisson have worked together with the Brazil national team
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Klopp confirmed those at the club had spoken to Alisson before making the appointment, after the pair worked together for a number of years.

He also noted that John Achterberg would not be leaving the club following the appointment, reiterating that the 50-year-old is still “the head of the goalie department”.

Former Tranmere keeper Achterberg has been on Liverpool’s staff for more than a decade, with Klopp revealing the Dutchman has extended his current deal until 2024.

Explaining the appointment of Taffarel, Klopp said “He’s a really good guy. We’ve had this idea for a while to work with our talented keepers. An outstanding bunch of players there.

“We have lots of games, so constantly on the road. We wanted a real solution for these boys and want to create our own goalkeeper philosophy.

“He was a world-class player. We spoke to Alisson and he was quite pleased about it. He’s known him for some years so here we go. It’s exciting. A brilliant guy.”

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Taffarel worked as a coach with Galatasaray – the team with whom he won the Uefa Cup in 2000 – before taking up his role with Brazil’s national side.

He began working with the Selecao during Dunga’s tenure as manager, remaining in the role under current Brazil manager Tite.

Alisson revealed in 2015 that the former keeper was “always my idol”, describing him as someone who he admired as a coach as well as a player.

“Alisson is among the best goalkeepers in the world right now. We always believed in his potential,” Taffarel said in May 2018, just two months before the former Roma man moved to Anfield.

Alisson is one of two Brazilian goalkeepers on the Reds’ books this season, with youngster Marcelo Pitaluga featuring in the Papa John’s Trophy and being named on the bench for the Carabao Cup win at Preston North End in October.

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