Jurgen Klopp has explained the thinking behind Brazil legend Claudio Taffarel's appointment as a new goalkeeping coach.

Liverpool have confirmed the appointment of Taffarel, subject to a work permit being approved.

Taffarel, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 1994, will take up a role as one of the senior goalkeeping coaches alongside John Achterberg and Jack Robinson.

The 55-year-old will move to Anfield after finalising a work permit this week, as he gets set to combine his duties for Brazil with his new role working under Jurgen Klopp.

It is understood that his relationship with Alisson Becker has led to the appointment, with the Liverpool goalkeeper credited as a driving force behind the decision to bring Taffarel to Merseyside.

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Speaking after confirmation of Taffarel's appointment, Klopp has explained why Liverpool opted to bring the Brazil legend to Anfield.

“The idea is that, in our opinion, we have now in a lot of positions the best we can imagine,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.

“In terms of goalkeepers, it means we have Alisson Becker, who for us is the best goalie in the world. We have Caoimhin Kelleher, who we really think is an exceptional, exceptional player. We have Adrian, who has shown his qualities since he arrived here. Then we have Marcelo Pitaluga, then we have Harvey Davies, so we have five goalies in different age groups, which is great but we want to have even more of these guys.

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“We want to build kind of our own philosophy in goalkeeping because we all agree it’s its own game, so that’s why we wanted to have another completely different view on it.

“We spoke to Ali because two of the best goalies in the world are Brazilians and so we found a solution with bringing in Taffarel as a really nice addition to our whole coaching staff.

“We really think it can give us just a different view again, to look at different things.

“We really want to really be a proper goalkeeping school in world football and so that’s why we’re bringing in a third very, very experienced goalkeeper coach.”