Why Pepijn Lijnders could be the perfect replacement for Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp’s contract will be ending in the summer of 2024. Many are aware of his dislike of the fixture congestion that English football brings. A sabbatical period and a new chapter in his career are surely somewhere in the forefront of his mind.

Though it may be hard to admit, ultimately, compassion and work-life balance is more important than our need to win football games.

Of course, it may come to a feeling of huge discontent whilst fans dread the moment that he waves goodbye.

Jurgen Klopp

He has been the Red’s most successful manager since Daglish’s first managerial stint. What if I told you however that his successor can be just as successful if not more? What if that was his number 2, Pepjin Lindjers?

The current assistant to Klopp has vast experience in coaching. He was for 8 years the assistant manager at Porto. He has also been a coach at Liverpool since 2014, promoted to assistant in 2018 following Željko Buvač’s departure.

Pep is thought to be an ideal replacement since he deputizes training sessions with impressive diligence.

The players also highly respect him and his approach. He knows the club inside out and spends more time with the players than Klopp himself due to him attending to other responsibilities like press conferences and other various tasks.

Pepijn Lijnders

Promoting from within is an outdated practise in football. It never stopped Liverpool from being successful. It wasn’t until the Reds decided to appoint Graeme Souness as manager in 1991 that league performances took a hit.

He was not at the time in the backroom set-up and hadn’t played for the club in the last 7 years previously. The board turned to Roy Evans. The chain of affairs were fragmented before he was promoted from a coach.

Evans would try to make up for previous mistakes. Gerard Houllier, despite being successful, did not win Liverpool a league title.

It is somewhat plausible that the 30 years wait for another championship could have been shortened if they had kept promoting internally from the days of Paisley, Fagan and Daglish.

Many fans will be licking their lips thinking about the possibility of Steven Gerrard coming in and returning to Liverpool.

Steven Gerrard

His current form at Villa, despite doing well at the start is a little rocky of late. The open question being whether or not he would be ready when the time comes. Will the fans be patient and trusting to the current system?

Looking at our rivals, it is fair to say that Manchester United’s biggest mistake of late was appointing David Moyes as the successor to Alex Ferguson.

Not because he is a poor manager but because the players could not adapt to his style. Pep may not implement an identical feel to Jurgen’s tactical side of the game but it would certainly be very similar. He will know how to man manage the squad too.

Could we see a similar comparison to when Paisley, a backroom staff member took the world by storm when Shankly’s tenure came to an end and the club ended up obtaining more glittering trophies?


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