Liverpool ‘to sign’ Man City physio Steve Lilley after landing Arsenal doctor

Manchester City physio Steve Lilley is reportedly set to follow Arsenal doctor Gary O’Driscoll to Liverpool.

The Reds are on the hunt for new medical staff current first-team physio Richie Partridge taking a job with the Qatar national team next month.

Partridge has been physio with the first-team since 2016 having previously worked with the Liverpool academy.

And the Evening Standard claim that the Reds will replace him with City’s physio Lilley, who has also previously worked with Norwich City.

Lilley will follow Lee Nobes in making the switch from the Manchester club to Merseyside. Nobes became the Premier League leaders’ head physio a year ago after 11 years with Manchester City.

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O’Driscoll will begin working with Liverpool next month as he replaces head of medical services Andy Massey.

Massey is leaving Anfield as he is set to begin a new role at FIFA as the director of medical for international football’s governing body.

Partridge will also depart and he opened up on leaving Liverpool earlier this month.

"I have been so fortunate to get a chance to work at Liverpool in a very different capacity over the last few years and, as you can imagine, the last couple of seasons have been incredible,” he said.

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“Anyone who leaves Liverpool usually gets told to leave, but I have been offered this chance to work in Qatar and it just feels like the right time to try something different.

“It will be great for my CV, will tick the box of international football and hopefully I will get a chance to work at a World Cup in two years’ time.

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“I wanted to have that on my resume and I just loved Doha when I spent some time down there. It is just an amazing place.

“This is a leap of faith and I will throw everything into it and I can’t wait to get started at one of the best rehabilitation facilities in the world.”

Liverpool return to action on Saturday as they face Premier League strugglers Watford.

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