Pako Ayestaran, Liverpool FC's long time strength and conditioning coach, is leaving Anfield. Holy crap! He's been with Rafael Benitez since they were in Osasuna in the Spanish La Liga. He grew up watching Liverpool win back before the English Premiere Leage was set up. In fact, he was one of those who pushed Benitez to try his luck with the Reds and in England. He's more than a fitness guy; he knows his football and is a great confidant to the players. Damn it all.
It seems that there's been a rift with Benitez regarding infringement of responsibilities and a near return to Valencia for Ayestaran at the end of the last season. And it has come to a boil this year. It's sad because when you think about it, these guys have been together for like 11 years now. Although they've been more successful in the EPL, they kicked off their winning ways with Valencia where they won a La Liga title.
Thanks for everything, Pako! YNWA!