FSG finalise another appointment who will oversee new Liverpool role

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Fenway Sports Group have appointed Hans Leitert as their head of global goalkeeping - with the new arrival already having started the process of recruiting a head goalkeeping coach at Liverpool.

Leitert has assumed the newly-created position as part of an ongoing restructure of FSG's football operations overseen by their chief executive of football Michael Edwards, who returned to the fold earlier this year.

The 51-year-old, who held a similar role with Red Bull's football group for five-and-a-half years, has been working for Liverpool for the last six years as a goalkeeping scouting consultant.

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Leitert's most immediate task will be bolstering Liverpool's backroom staff following the departure of first-team goalkeeper coach John Achterberg and assistant Jack Robinson, both part of the exodus in the wake of Jurgen Klopp leaving as manager at the end of the season.

His appointment is the latest move from FSG as they move towards a multi-club model. Julian Ward has returned as technical director while Pedro Marques has been named director of football development.

Edwards has also made Liverpool-specific appointments, the most notable being the appointment of Arne Slot as new head coach to replace Klopp. Both the Dutchman and new Reds sporting director Richard Hughes officially begin their roles this weekend.

Hughes has brought with him Mark Burchill, who will work alongside Liverpool's chief scout Barry Hunter and their head of recruitment Dave Fallows, while David Woodfine - the Reds' former heard of loan pathways - will re-join as Hughes's assistant less than a year after departing Anfield.

In his role, Leitert is also expected to oversee the development of goalkeeper coaches while implementing a data-driven scouting system. His role means he will manage goalkeeper analysis, introduce a goalkeeper-specific training programme and oversee goalkeeper specific pathways.

Born in Austria, Leitert played for his country's under-18 and U21 teams before having to retire early due to injury. He began his coaching career at former club VfB Modling before working at Rapid Vienna, Austria Vienna, Panathinaikos, Huelva of Spain, Tottenham Hotspur and the Austria U21 team. He holds a Master's degree in Sports Science, has spoken at goalkeeper lectures on behalf of UEFA and FIFA and is a published author on goalkeeping.