Arsenal’s head of sports medicine Gary O’Driscoll is to join Liverpool.
Andrew Massey, who currently holds the role of head of medical services at Anfield, is set to leave the Reds on March 1st to join FIFA.
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As such, the Anfield outfit need a replacement, and O’Driscoll is set to be that man. However, he will not be allowed to leave the Emirates until a replacement for him has been found.
This is a blow for the Gunners. O’Driscoll, who has been with the club since 2009, has been one of the few constants in north London in recent years, and is said to be hugely popular at the club. Not only that, he is reportedly one of the best in the business as well. The Athletic even says that Mikel Arteta, the new boss at the Emirates, even tried to intervene to stop him from making the move north.
For Liverpool, though, this is fantastic news, and it will go down as a coup. Clearly, Massey was a competent man for the role, otherwise he would not be making the move to world football’s governing body. But the arrival of O’Driscoll will cushion the blow of his loss, and will mean that the Reds can move on quickly.
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This may not be the most exciting transfer for many supporters, but it shows that Liverpool’s plans for domination goes far beyond just on the pitch at Anfield and away from home. The Reds’ performances so far this term have not come just from the players and Klopp but from everybody involved in the club: from the owner, John Henry, all the way down to the kit-man.
To be able to achieve such success, everyone needs to be pulling in the same direction. Securing such a well-renowned replacement like O’Driscoll is perhaps just as important as signing the likes of Jadon Sancho and Kylian Mbappe, albeit in a different way.
Not only have Liverpool secured O’Driscoll for themselves, but they have also damaged a rival in the process. Another good day at the office for the Premier League leaders, then.
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