Report: Pako Ayestaran set to return to Liverpool as assistant

The Reds have shaken up their back room staff after last season's disappointment.

Pako Ayestaran is reportedly set to be brought in at Liverpool as the club's new assistant to Brendan Rodgers, according to a report in the Mirror.

Rodgers favourites Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh were both dismissed last week, and the Spaniard is the man set to come in and support the Irishman.

The 52-year-old has been an assistant manager as well as a fitness coach at several top clubs, and of course was at Liverpool between 2004 and 2007 when Rafa Benitez was in charge. That means he was around when the Reds won the Champions League against AC Milan.

The Spaniard's CV shows he has also assisted at Valencia, Benfica and Tenerife, and since 2013 has been in charge of his own sides - first Estudiantes Tecos of Mexico and then Maccabi Tel Aviv last season. He won the domestic treble in his season in Israel.

The fact two of Liverpool's senior staff members were replaced was a clear sign that those in charge at the club had problems with the way last season panned out, as well as what can be seen as a perceived weakening of Rodgers' control at Anfield.

A difficult few opening months in the 2014-15 campaign eventually saw a recovery midway through the season. But what was a spell of form that hinted at a possible Champions League place collapsed soon after, and the Reds actually finished down in sixth position.

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