Liverpool appoint former Leeds man Gary McAllister as new first-team coach

Gary McAllister is set to become the latest addition to Brendan Rodgers' backroom staff as Liverpool first-team coach.

According to the club's official website, Liverpool have appointed Gary McAllister as their new first-team coach.

The Scot, who enjoyed a fruitful stint at the club as a player between 2000 and 2002, replaces the departed Mike Marsh, who left the role last month. He joins the Merseyside oufit having managed Coventry City and Leeds United, before spells on the backroom staff at Middlesbrough and Aston Villa.

The Mirror states that Reds chief Brendan Rodgers met McAllister on Wednesday for discussions and, just three days later, the club have confirmed his appointment. In a period of significant change for Liverpool, and ahead of what could prove to be a make or break season for Rodgers, the Scot has been entrusted by the Northern Irishman to weigh in with his expertise. 

The 50-year-old will undoubtedly be a popular appointment among Liverpool supporters, having played an instrumental role the year the Reds won a historic treble in 2001. At the age of 35, he scored nine goals in 87 appearances at Anfield, while winning the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup during the reign of Gerard Houllier.

McAllister joins Sean O'Driscoll and Pepijn Lijnders as the two other new faces in the first-team set up. The former becomes the club's new assistant manager, while the latter has been promoted from the academy to the newly created position of first-team development coach.

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