Football: Klopp's assistant Buvac takes leave of absence until end of season for personal reasons

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and assistant manager Zeljko Buvac seen in a photo taken in April 3, 2018.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and assistant manager Zeljko Buvac seen in a photo taken in April 3, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

MANCHESTER (REUTERS) - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will go into Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg against Roma without his long-term assistant Zeljko Buvac, who will be absent from his role until the end of the season.

The English Premier League football club said Buvac remained a Liverpool employee but is spending time away from the first team for personal reasons.

The Bosnian played with German Klopp at German Bundesliga side Mainz in the 1990s and was his assistant manager at the club before moving with him to Borussia Dortmund and on to Liverpool in 2015.

Liverpool's position is that the club consider the matter to be private and they will not be making any further comment.

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Liverpool lead Roma 5-2 from the first leg at Anfield and if they succeed in defending that advantage at the Stadio Olimpico, they will face Real Madrid or Bayern Munich in the final in Kiev on May 26.