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Who is Ruben Peeters? Arne Slot ally taking up brand new role on Liverpool coaching staff

Ruben Peeters of Feyenoord Rotterdam looks on prior to the Dutch Eredivisie match between NEC Nijmegen and Feyenoord at McDOS Goffertstadion on October 2, 2022 in Nijmegen, Netherlands.
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Liverpool has confirmed that Arne Slot will be the one to take over from Jürgen Klopp. But a whole host of other changes are yet to be finalized, with a raft of other departures behind the scenes.

Most notably, Liverpool has said goodbye to Pep Lijnders, who will take up the managerial position at Red Bull Salzburg. But as many as six coaches are following Klopp out of the Anfield exit door, leaving Liverpool with a major recruitment task.

That will be eased slightly by the arrival of some of Slot's existing backroom team. He is expected to take numerous staff with him from Feyenoord, and Ruben Peeters is among those set to arrive.

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According to This is Anfield, the role Peeters will take up at Liverpool has now been confirmed. And the club will be carving out a brand new position for him, appointing him as 'lead physical performance coach' for the first team.

Joining Feyenoord at the same time as Slot, Peeters has held the position as 'head of performance' at the Eredivisie club. His role at Liverpool is expected to encompass elements of the work done by departing duo Andreas Kornmayer and Andreas Schlumberger, appointments from the Klopp era who respectively dealt with fitness and conditioning and recovery and performance.

Interestingly, Peeters did not work with Slot prior to their time together at Feyenoord. He was appointed from Genk in his native Belgium, where he had worked as a 'physical coach' at academy and then first-team level.

Prior to that, Peeters served an eight-month internship with AZ Alkmaar in 2014/15. Slot would eventually forge his coaching reputation there, but would not arrive until years later, finishing second behind Ajax in the Covid-curtailed season before moving to Feyenoord.

Having added Peeters, Liverpool will continue to look to fill a number of vacancies. That includes hiring for a physiotherapist and a physical performance coach focused on strength and conditioning.

Liverpool.com says: It's interesting that Peeters has not retained his Feyenoord title but has nonetheless had a brand new role carved out for him at Liverpool. It suggests a shake-up in the backroom structure at Anfield, one influenced by Slot but not necessarily entirely shaped by him.

There's no doubt that he will be pleased to take Peeters with him, though, with the pair having worked together successfully for each of the past three seasons. Liverpool will hope to see an improvement in the injury situation under the new regime, with various setbacks dogging multiple recent campaigns.