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Mauricio Pellegrino is set to return to the club as first-team coach, Rafa Benitez today confirmed.
The Argentine defender, who played 12 games for the Reds under Benitez in 2005, will become the second high-profile addition to the backroom team following the arrival of Sammy Lee earlier in the summer.

Benitez told Liverpoolfc.tv the 36-year-old had much to offer.

"His role will be first-team coach, and he'll also carry out specialist training sessions," said the boss.

"He can also work specifically with the defence, and also the reserves.

"Pellegrino has a winning mentality. He won the Intercontinental Cup before going to Spain with Barcelona and Valencia.

"He has a lot of passion. When I asked him to come he was very pleased, but first he wanted to find out if there was a school where his three children could play good football. He is a football man."

Pellegrino had been coaching Valencia's youth team.
 

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Welcome back Mauricio! Nice to see our back room staff being rebuild too, means Rafa's targeting the future.
 

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Nice to see him back,hopefully he can help in keeping a good spirit in the squad and developing the championship mentality we lack. I'd like to think he can help a lot in us defending set pieces and playing more effectively and efficiently in defence and defensive situations.
 
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