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MetiNews.Com - Pep Lijnders is highly rated at Liverpool and the Dutchman is a candidate to take over from Jurgen Klopp way down the line
Breaking News ! Zeljko Buvac remains a mystery for Liverpool fans even more than two years on since he suddenly left Jurgen Klopp’s side for the first time in 17 years. Comments at the time he left, in the week that Liverpool faced their Champions League second leg against AS Roma in 2018, were understandably pessimistic. A huge blow at a vital time of the 2017/18 season was the common consensus; at the very least the timing was extraordinary. Read More Related Articles Liverpool have already shown sign they can progress without major transfers Read More Related Articles 'Wow' - Roberto Firmino moment left Bayern Munich-linked star Max Aarons stunned Between the first leg at Anfield, that Liverpool had won 5-2, and the second leg taking place, not only had this happened, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had been ruled out for the remainder of the season (he would ultimately be out for around a year), Mohamed Salah became involved in high profile dispute with Egyptian FA, and Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold had picked up knocks in the Premier League against Stoke City. Klopp and Buvac had been involved in minor disagreements before and passionate debates between the pair were not uncommon, but now the Bosnian-Serb had left at the most unusual of times. Buvac’s replacement, though, has at the very least been a match for his predecessor. Pep Lijnders, who arrived at Anfield as under-16s coach in 2014, returned from Dutch side NEC Nijmegen, where he spent a few months at the start of 2018, with a point to prove having been handed a promotion to assistant manager. The 37-year-old, who is an emerging candidate to one day take over from Klopp when the German eventually departs, has played a key role in the team's title success. And he was actually shaped in his early coaching days by two current Liverpool foes. Lijnders started his career at PSV, before he really began to excel at FC Porto, where he worked between 2006 and 2014, immediately prior to moving to Merseyside. When he first got the job at Porto, he was still just 24 and spoke no Portuguese. Scott Martin, an analyst specialising in Portuguese football, explained: "Right away, he got set into Portuguese culture and was taking an intensive language programme, learning Portuguese for three hours a day.
. There was a young player by the name of Andre Gomes - and in Liverpool you’ll be familiar with him - he was one of the players who would frequently help Lijnders run through his demonstrations and communicate ideas to the team. Listen to the full Pep Lijnders podcast special by clicking HERE "It was a big jump but he had the benefit of jumping from a big club in PSV to another in Porto, but the stakes were definitely raised. "They had an amazing scouting network and had just won the Champions League under Jose Mourinho but they recognised that there was a problem in that they weren’t advancing enough academy players to that level. "Lijnders had to come in and restructure the programme and he was fortunate enough that there was a solid system there, but he reshaped it so players were able to meet the future demands of the game. "He saw the Barcelona team that was coming into its Golden Age, he had the influence of Dutch football, and he took Porto and made them prepared to meet the attacking demands that the game would bring them.
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"There is a fusion of Dutch and Portuguese ideas - the aspects of Total Football and the attacking play, but also the Portuguese aggression. "Lijnders was uniquely positioned to bring that to the club and you can see that from the talent that he has produced." That talent that he showed in Porto’s youth system produced the likes of Joao Felix, who moved to Atletico Madrid as their replacement for Antoine Griezmann for a fee of around €126 million, and Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves, often linked with a move to Liverpool. Lijnders continues to have a huge say in how Liverpool play to this day and is one of Klopp’s most trusted coaches. It would be a shock to no one if he was handed the job once Klopp departed - and at the absolute least, Liverpool will want to keep his expertise at the club in some capacity well beyond Klopp's managerial tenure. *Sign up for our free daily Liverpool newsletter here.
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