Confusion Reigns Over Liverpool Assistant Manager's Position At The Club

Klopp has described Buvas as "the brain" behind his coaching set-up in the past, and his absence is an unwanted distraction as Liverpool look to hold onto their 5-2 first leg lead against Roma.

However, the Anfield club maintain Buvac remains a employee of the club.

It was reported on Friday morning that Buvac had left Liverpool, although the Reds quickly clarified to BBC Sport that he was still employed by the club and was only on leave until the end of the season.

Buvac met Klopp when they were players at Mainz, where they had a gentleman's agreement that whoever went into management first would take the other as their assistant.

And for Klopp, it represented the loss of the man who has been at his right-hand side in management for 17 years at Mainz, Borussia Dortmund and then latterly Liverpool.

Buvac is said to have complemented Klopp's more impulsive urges with a more cerebral approach, a tactician and training-ground technician who worked on attacking positional drills with players.

The pair helped the club win the Bundesliga title in 2011 and 2012 before he again joined up with Klopp, who was appointed as Liverpool manager in October 2015, at Anfield.

Liverpool last reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2008 when they lost 4-3 on aggregate to Chelsea.

However, the a report in the Times has speculated that the departure may be made permanent a the end of the campaign, in what would be a huge blow to Klopp and the Liverpool backroom team as a whole.

The timing of the exit could not be worse with Liverpool due to face Roma in their Champions League semi-final second leg on Wednesday, with the incident threatening to overshadow the build-up to Liverpool's biggest match in a number of years.