Football: Liverpool line up Bayern fitness coach for next season

Liverpool players warming up during a training session on April 6.
Liverpool players warming up during a training session on April 6. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (The Guardian) - Liverpool have lined up Bayern Munich's fitness coach, Andreas Kornmayer, to become their head of fitness and conditioning next season.

Kornmayer, 41, has worked for his home-town club for more than a decade and progressed through the ranks before being promoted to first-team duties in 2010.

He has worked for Louis van Gaal, Jupp Heynckes and Pep Guardiola over the past six years but, with a summer of upheaval in store at the Allianz Arena as the Spanish coach heads for Manchester City , Kornmayer has accepted Juergen Klopp's offer to head Liverpool's fitness team.

Klopp has admired Kornmayer's work at Bayern for several years, albeit reluctantly as he believes their fitness levels were a factor in Heynckes's team winning the treble at his Borussia Dortmund squad's expense in 2013.

"Don't forget," the Liverpool manager said this year, "the 2013 treble-winning team of Bayern was unbelievably strong and they had all their players fit until the end."

Kornmayer, who will take up his post at Anfield in the summer, replaces Dr Ryland Morgans, who ended a four-year stint at Liverpool last month.

Morgans' contract was due to expire at the end of the season and his first-team duties have been taken on by Andy O'Boyle, the Liverpool Under-21s fitness coach.