Report: Liverpool set to appoint Gary McAllister as new first-team coach

Liverpool are reportedly set to add Gary McAllister to their coaching staff.

According to the BBC, Liverpool are in talks with Gary McAllister over the Scot joining Brendan Rodgers' backroom staff at Anfield.

The Reds have made wholesale changes to their coaching staff already this summer, hiring Sean O'Driscoll as Rodgers' new assistant manager following the departure of Colin Pascoe.

Now, the BBC believe that former Reds midfielder Gary McAllister is now poised to make a shock return to Anfield as the club's new first-team coach.

McAllister, 50, spent two years at Anfield as a player, scoring nine goals in 87 games for the Reds before moving on to Coventry City in 2002.

Since retiring, McAllister may best be known for managing Leeds United, spending less than a year in charge at Elland Road before leaving in December 2008 with a 50% win percentage.

The Scot hasn't been in football since 2011 when he was caretaker manager at Aston Villa, but now looks poised to make his return in the coming days.

Behind the scenes upheaval

Rodgers' future was in doubt earlier this summer after a disappointing campaign, but rather than sack the Liverpool boss, the Reds have instead re-tooled their backroom staff.

Pascoe lost his job in a surprising move, and then former Nottingham Forest boss O'Driscoll arrived to assist Rodgers in a shock appointment.

Now, it's McAllister who will be appointed, and whilst he brings a know-how of the club, the huge upheaval behind the scenes could be an issue for the Reds over the summer months.

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