Alisson Becker reveals Liverpool coach set to stay as tribute paid to 'amazing' duo

Alisson Becker passes to a Liverpool teammate during the Anfield game against Wolves.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker. -Credit:Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Liverpool waved goodbye to seven members of staff including Jürgen Klopp on the final day of the season against Wolves, but Alisson Becker has appeared to confirm that one important coach will be remaining at Anfield.

It makes sense given that no goodbye was set aside for goalkeeping coach and Brazilian legend Cláudio Taffarel, 58, on the pitch after the final whistle on Sunday, but Alisson says it ""looks like" he will be staying put to work under Arne Slot. The Feyenoord head coach was confirmed as Klopp's successor earlier this week.

Taffarel arrived at Liverpool in 2021, initially alongside working for the Brazilian national team, and has worked alongside John Achterberg and Jack Robinson in the goalkeeping department under Klopp. But both of those coaches are leaving, with Achterberg joining Steven Gerrard in Saudi Arabia.

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"I think all of these guys, they did an amazing job," Alisson told Stadium Astro, referring to Achterberg and Robinson. "Of course, we wanted to have them around [for longer]. In my case as a goalkeeper working directly with Jonny and Jack…"

"But Taff’s staying isn’t he, Taff is staying?" pundit Steve McManaman interjected. "Looks like, looks like," confirmed Alisson. "But the experience that we had the last years, I wish I could stay with them more, but it’s not in my hands. I love those guys, not only as goalie coaches but as people as well."

Andreas Kornmayer, the fitness coach, and Andreas Schlumberger, the head of recovery and performance, are also departing. Thiago Alcântara and Joël Matip also said farewell with their contracts expiring.

Liverpool goalkeeper Adrián, 37, who is out of contract this summer, was not given a goodbye during the post-match ceremony either, though the Spaniard has recently expressed a desire to move back to Spain. It is possible that he could stay as that wasn't ruled out either, but the conversation has not taken place with him yet about what will happen next.

Slot will bring his Feyenoord assistant Sipke Hulshoff with him to Anfield. Hulshoff was set to go to the summer's European Championship with the Netherlands but he has resigned from Ronald Koeman's staff in order to pave the way for a move to Merseyside. He will now be able to join Slot straight away rather than waiting until the Dutch are eliminated.

The rest of the coaching team that will be installed under Slot remains to be seen, though more appointments from Feyenoord are likely. Above Slot, Liverpool has already appointed Richard Hughes as sporting director, while Michael Edwards and Julian Ward have returned to increased roles with FSG. says: Taffarel hasn't been at Liverpool anywhere near as long as the other coaches who are leaving so it makes sense that he stays put. The Brazilian has a wealth of experience and having some continuity between the old and the new regime will surely only help the new staff integrate at the AXA Training Centre in Kirkby.