Report: Sami Hyypia and Bolo Zenden linked with Liverpool’s assistant manager vacancy

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Liverpool’s assistant manager Colin Pascoe is to follow first-team coach Mike Marsh in leaving the club.

According to Sky Sports, Liverpool’s current assistant manager Colin Pascoe is set to leave the club with former players Sami Hyypia and Bolo Zenden pinpointed as potential replacements.

Pascoe’s reported departure comes only a day after first-team coach Mike Marsh was relieved of his duties as part of Brendan Rodgers’ backroom staff shake-up, as per the Mirror.

The Reds endured a difficult campaign on and off the field last season, not aided by a number of players taking far too long to settle in and the sale of Luis Suarez prompting a clear drop in intensity up front.

Boss Rodgers could only steer his side to sixth place, and the sudden availability of popular German coach Jurgen Klopp has raised a few questions among supporters.

A modification in some way was needed at Anfield this summer, and a backroom staff shake-up could give Rodgers and the players the necessary lift to get the ball rolling again.

Former Bayer Leverkusen and Brighton boss Hyypia is one of the names mentioned, and his defensive capabilities may well be of good use at the Melwood training ground.

The Merseysiders conceded an alarming 48 goals last season, including six on the final day of the campaign during their embarrassing defeat a Stoke City.

With Hyypia a club idol and a respectful man both on and off the pitch, his presence would only be a good thing and could also allow Rodgers the freedom to focus more on the team shape and attacking drills.

Sky Sports also linked former player Bolo Zenden as an option, the Dutchman previously serving as interim assistant manager to Rafa Benitez during the Spaniard’s short stint with Chelsea.

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