Conall Murtagh – Sports scientist

First Name: Conall

Surname: Murtagh

Job Title: Sports scientist


Conall Murtagh joined the Academy in July 2012 and moved to first-team duties at Melwood five years later, having been a sports science practitioner since 2010.

Conall has completed a MSc Degree in Sports and Exercise Sciences (University of Chester 2012) and a BSc (Hons) degree at University of Manchester in Physiology. He will complete his PhD investigating the ‘Physiological Determinants of Soccer Specific Power’ this autumn at Liverpool John Moores University.

He became an accredited member of the coveted United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA 2013), is a UEFA B Licence qualified coach and is currently undertaking his UEFA A Licence. 

Conall was a keynote speaker representing Liverpool FC and Liverpool John Moores University at the Sao Paulo Sports Science Congress in October 2015, hosted by Brazil’s Palmeiras Club, and was also a speaker at the 20th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science in Malmö, Sweden, in June 2015.

During his days as a player, Conall represented Northern Ireland at all age groups up to and including U21 level. He played professionally at Hearts, Sligo Rovers and Wrexham, and competed in the Europa League for five campaigns.

As a sports science and fitness coach, Conall’s main aim is to work with the coaching and medical staff to produce players with the physical capabilities to play at Champions League level, through the dedicated implementation and monitoring of individualised football-specific physical development programmes.

He also aims to educate the players on how to live an elite lifestyle to maximise recovery and regeneration.