Liverpool want to sign up 'placenta doctor'

Liverpool want ‘placenta doctor’ Marijana Kovacevic to take a permanent role with the club, reports the Daily Mail.
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Liverpool want ‘placenta doctor’ Marijana Kovacevic to take a permanent role with the club, reports the Daily Mail.

Manager Rafa Benitez and his medical staff have been so impressed by Kovacevic’s work with their injured players that they want to discuss a deal that would see her prioritise care for them.

Kovacevic has already been courted by Manchester City, who flew her to Manchester earlier this year to discuss working for them. She also has an offer on the table from Romanian club CFR Cluj, which is believed to be worth £190,000 a year but allows her to carry on working with players from other teams.

She is believed to favour that type of arrangement rather than an exclusive deal which would limit her earning power.

A source close to Kovacevic said: "Marijana is in demand. Some doctors are not sure about her but many players from England, Germany, France and Holland are coming to her regularly because it works for them. Liverpool are obviously happy with the results so far."

Kovacevic’s methods have attracted controversy over recent months after she shot to prominence with her efforts to repair Arsenal striker Robin van Persie’s torn ankle ligaments in November.

Frank Lampard was another high-profile visitor but Chelsea’s club doctor was not a fan of Kovacevic’s process.

She massages placenta fluid into the injured area and then treats it with an electro-magnetic device.

However, questions have been raised over where the placenta is sourced, with conflicting reports it is from humans rather than horses.

Undeterred, Liverpool have used Kovacevic to help cut the recovery times of Alberto Aquilani, Albert Riera, Glen Johnson, Fabio Aurelio and Yossi Benayoun.

 
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