• Sean O’Driscoll and Pepijn Lijnders set to be confirmed on Liverpool coaching staff
  • Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh were sacked from backroom team
  • Sami Hyypia and Bolo Zenden linked with first team coaching role 

Dominic King for the Daily Mail

Liverpool will look to make one further addition to their coaching staff this summer as they prepare to confirm the appointments of Sean O’Driscoll and Pepin Lijnders.

It has been a summer of great change at Anfield, including six new signings, but some of the most notable alterations have come in the dugout, following the sackings of Brendan Rodgers’ long-term assistant Colin Pascoe and club stalwart Mike Marsh.

O’Driscoll, the former Bristol City and Doncaster Rovers manager, will join Liverpool as assistant manager, while Lijnders, the highly-regarded Academy coach, will take on a role that is centred on elite player development. 

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Sean O'Driscoll
Pepijn Lijnders

Sean O’Driscoll (left) and Pepijn Lijnders are set to be the latest additions to Liverpool’s coaching team

Brendan Rodgers (left) has revamped his staff following the sackings of Mike Marsh and Colin Pascoe (right)

Brendan Rodgers (left) has revamped his staff following the sackings of Mike Marsh and Colin Pascoe (right)

Lijnders is not a direct replacement for Marsh, who was the first-team coach, and as a result Liverpool will look to fill that role in the coming weeks — former players Sami Hyypia and Bolo Zenden were linked to the post at the beginning of the summer — but there is no time scale for the appointment.

The majority of Liverpool’s squad will return to training on Monday and among the group will be those who have been away with England’s senior team including Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner, who has arrived from Manchester City on a Bosman transfer.

They will be joined on Wednesday by Danny Ings, who has only opted to take a 10-day break following the European Under 21 Championship in the Czech Republic.

Ings, another Bosman signing, was entitled to a three-week holiday but he wants to get settled in as quickly as possible and will start light training ahead of the club’s pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia.

Roberto Firmino, though, will not be at Melwood just yet. LIke Philippe Coutinho, the £29million signing from Hoffenheim is on holiday after representing Brazil at the Copa America. 

Sami Hyypia
Bolo Zenden

Former Liverpool players Sami Hyypia and Bolo Zenden have been linked with the first team coach job

New signing Roberto Firmino (centre) has been given an extended break following the Copa America

New signing Roberto Firmino (centre) has been given an extended break following the Copa America

Meanwhile, the young Brazilian’s mother has revealed she banned her son from leaving home as a child for fear that he would be drawn into a gang.

‘I didn’t want Roberto to go out and play because it was very dangerous on the streets,’ Firmino’s mother told The Sun

‘People said, “Let him go, he’s born with the talent”. From eight years old he would fall asleep hugging his football.’ 

 

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