Liverpool target has change of heart as search for replacement continues


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Liverpool target has change of heart as search for replacement continues

Liverpool are continuing to search for a successor to Dr. Andy Massey who started a new role with FIFA at the beginning of the month

Academy doctor Jim Moxon is continuing to head up Liverpool's medical department after the club missed out on Arsenal's Gary O'Driscoll.

The Premier League leaders had targeted the Gunners' doctor after it was revealed Andy Massey, Liverpool's Head of Medical Services, was set to move to a new role with FIFA.

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Dr. Massey began work as Director of FIFA's medical department at the beginning of March and Liverpool had been searching for his successor for the last few months after it became clear the Northern Irishman would be moving on.

Arsenal's O'Driscoll had been identified as the man to replace the outgoing Massey and the doctor was said to be close to a move to Melwood before a late change of heart.

Arsenal were reportedly before he decided to stay put for personal reasons, meaning the Reds' search for a Massey replacement goes on.

The north Londoners even began advertising for a head of medical services job on their official website back in January, but the cousin of Ireland rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll will now be staying with Mikel Arteta's side, leaving the Reds in the hunt for another suitable candidate.

The ECHO understands that Dr. Moxon will continue to lead the team in the absence of a head of medical, with the Reds to help combat the spread of coronavirus.

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Dr. Moxon joined the Kirkby Academy in 2016 after gaining a diploma in Sports and Exercise Medicine at Bath university four years earlier.

After previous spells with Sheffield Wednesday and Chesterfield, the medical expert worked with team at the aquatic centre during the London Olympics in 2012 before becoming Sheffield United's team doctor a year later.

It is understood Dr. Moxon is currently tasked with overseeing the club's ongoing measures to help combat the spread of COVID-19 that is continuing to see its impact ripple across football.

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On Friday, confirmed they would be temporarily suspending activity at the club's Melwood training base in West Derby.

With the football authorities confirming the suspension of Premier League action until April 3 at the earliest, and give Jurgen Klopp's squad personalised programmes to adhere to in the meantime.

Massey, who had been at Liverpool since 2013, to his former employers at the beginning of the month ahead of his new position in Zurich, Switzerland.

He wrote: "Seven years ago I made one of the best decisions of my life, in accepting a job offer at Liverpool FC.

"Over those seven years I have been fortunate to do a job I love for a club I have grown to love.

"To all the staff I have worked with, I am indebted to you for making Liverpool such a welcoming place, and am thankful for all the friendships I've made.

"To the supporters, you made every game an aspiration come true for me.

"There are not many people who get to work in their dream job in front of a crowd that generate such an atmopshere. It has given me experiences and memories I will cherish.

"To Jurgen and his coaches, what an amazing group you guys are. Your dedication and knowledge is only matched by your humility and humour...again I hope I have made friends for life, you all have my utmost respect and my thanks for allowing me to come on such a journey with you."

UEFA officials are due to meet on Tuesday to discuss plans for the Champions League and Europa League going forward, while this summer's European Championships will also be high on the agenda.

As it stands, the Reds are when they meet Manchester City on Sunday April 5, but those plans are very much subject to change as .

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