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Jurgen Klopp invites former Liverpool star to training to ‘learn his methods’

Fernando Torres, Nabil El Zhar, Steven Gerrard

Jurgen Klopp has invited former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres to observe training this weekend to learn more about life behind the scenes at Anfield.

Klopp will step down at the end of the season and Liverpool are already on the hunt for a replacement. Bayer Leverkusen’s Xabi Alonso had been the top target but he is no longer expected to leave his current side.

Amid the search for a new boss, Klopp is reportedly set to hand Torres a crash course over the weekend to give the 40-year-old a deeper insight into life as a top-flight manager.

Marca state that Torres, who currently works with Atletico Madrid’s Under-19 side, will spend Friday and Saturday at Liverpool’s AXA Training Centre, before being invited to Anfield on Sunday to watch the Premier League game against Brighton & Hove Albion.

The point of Torres’ visit is to help the former striker, who scored 81 goals in 142 games for Liverpool between 2007 and 2011, learn from Klopp and figure out how things work from a management perspective at Anfield.

Fernando Torres, Nabil El Zhar, Steven Gerrard

Torres scored in a recent charity match / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

Torres’ visit to training comes just a week after the 40-year-old scored at Anfield in a charity friendly for a team of Liverpool legends, lining up alongside the likes of Steven Gerrard, Jerzy Dudek and Martin Skrtel.

Importantly, there are no suggestions that Torres’ return to the club has anything to do with the search for a new manager.

Liverpool continue to hunt for replacements for Klopp and, with Alonso now expected to be out of the running, club officials are drawing up a list of possible alternatives.

Sporting CP’s Ruben Amorim is a popular choice, while Brighton’s Roberto De Zerbi is also seen as a potential target.


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