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Liverpool assistant favourite for Arsenal job as Zeljko Buvac 'arranged' to take over from Arsene Wenger: report

By Gareth Hanna

Liverpool's assistant manager Zeljko Buvac could be about to step into a lead role of his own at the Emirates Stadium.

The 56 year-old has been Jurgen Klopp's assistant since the German began his own managerial career at Mainz back in 2001.

But news broke on Monday morning that Buvac would step down from his duties with the first team until the end of the season due to personal reasons.

And now according to reports in his native Bosnia, the coach has already agreed to take over at Arsenal this summer.

The report is by Pravda BL, who are credited by some with first breaking the news that Jurgen Klopp would take over at Anfield. It claims that Buvac 'has arranged everything' with Arsenal and will become their next manager.

As a result, he has now become the bookies' favourite for the job at 2/1, ahead of Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri at 4/1.

Buvac has previously spoken about his desire to become a Head Coach in his own right, despite his close relationship with Liverpool boss Klopp.

He said: “Both of us were looking to become managers and we promised each other, ‘If I am the first manager, I will take you and if you are the first manager you will take me.’ He came first.

“It is a friendship. Before every training session and after every training session we talk together. Before every match and after every match we talk.

“In training I am observing and watching and if I have the feeling something needs to be changed I will speak to Kloppo. We discuss it, ‘Why should this be? Why that?’ But it is a decision we come to together. That is the way in training and that is the way in the match.”

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