Liverpool’s Buvac tipped to take over at Arsenal

Liverpool assistant manager Zeljko Buvac is set to take over from Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, according to Bosnian publication Pravda BL.

It comes after it was revealed that the Bosnian, who has worked with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp for 17 years, is spending some time away from Anfield.

Speculation began circulating on Sunday he had quit but the Anfield club have dismissed that by stressing Buvac remains a Liverpool employee and his position is not affected by this absence.

It is not the best preparation for their Champions League semi-final second leg against Roma in the Stadio Olimpico, which is followed by a crucial Premier League encounter at Chelsea on Sunday.

The Reds hold a 5-2 lead from the first leg against the Italians, while in the league they sit six points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea, who have a game in hand.

“Again, two massive games – what a season,” Klopp told Liverpool’s website.

“You play the whole season (and) we created a basis and now we have to finish it. There are a few things to do.

“You work for that the whole season, it’s really exciting.

“Let’s play the next game, try to make the best of it, then we’ll see.”

It will have to be achieved without assistant coach Buvac – whom Klopp has described as ‘The Brain’ of his backroom team – who was on the touchline for Saturday’s goalless draw at home to Stoke but will not be travelling to Italy.