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FSG makes appointment in new role with clear first task to help Arne Slot after Liverpool exit

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Liverpool's FSG owners have made another key appointment as the Anfield restructure continues. The Reds are embarking on a new chapter this summer with Michael Edwards returning to the fold as CEO of football.

FSG has also lured back former sporting director Julian Ward, while Richard Hughes will soon start work as his predecessor, working closely with new head coach Arne Slot. As part of the restructure, a new head of global goalkeeping post has been created by the Reds' owners.

And the Liverpool ECHO claims Hans Leitert has been appointed to the role. It is reported that Leitert had previously been working for Liverpool as a goalkeeping scouting consultant since 2008.

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Leitert is said to be already getting down to work to recruit a new head goalkeeping coach at Anfield. Long-serving coach John Achterberg left at the end of the season to join Steven Gerrard's Al-Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia.

Achterberg had been at Liverpool for 14 years but decided to pursue a new challenge this summer, while goalkeeping coach Jack Robinson joined the staff exodus following Jurgen Klopp's exit. Brazil legend Claudio Taffarel is expected to remain on Slot's backroom team next season.

It could be a busy summer for Liverpool's goalkeepers. The Guardian reports Reds No.1 Alisson is among the top targets for Saudi Pro League clubs, alongside Mohamed Salah. Alisson is contracted to Liverpool until 2027.

His understudy Caoimhin Kelleher has also publicly expressed his desire to become a No.1 and admits he may have to leave Liverpool to achieve his goal. The Republic of Ireland stopper was linked with Nottingham Forest back in January.

Kelleher told The Athletic this week: "My main ambition is to be a No 1, whether that is here or somewhere else. It would be great if that happened at Liverpool, but I’m not silly. I know that Ali has been the best goalkeeper in the world for years.

“There will be some discussions over the coming weeks. The club was busy with the manager leaving and appointing a new one. With all the new staff arriving, those talks will happen.”

Liverpool.com says: FSG are making some major appointments as it restructures its football operations. It remains keen on adding another club to its portfolio and few share the knowledge of goalkeepers that Leitert has. Appointing a head coach in that field will be a priority though, given Achterberg's recent departure.