Liverpool faced Jurgen Klopp’s dilemma after Pep Lijnders admission | Football | sport
Liverpool could face a major problem after learning that assistant boss Pep Lijnders wants to return to management. Jurgen Klopp’s No.2 has become a key part of the Reds’ success, but they stand to lose him a second time.
Lijnders has held several positions at Anfield, most notably as academy coach under Brendan Rodgers.
But he was promoted to an assistant job by Rodgers before retaining the job when Klopp arrived in 2015.
Lijnders and Klopp have formed a great relationship and the Dutchman had best wishes from his boss when he left in January 2018 to take on the job of manager of NEC in his home country.
The 38-year-old, whose deal with Liverpool ends in 2024, only lasted five months in the post before being sacked. He returned to the Merseyside outfit in June 2018.
However, Lijnders has now revealed that he would like to have another chance at becoming the boss of a club.
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Asked about his intention to become a coach ahead of Liverpool’s League Cup win over Leicester last week, Lijnders said: “It’s the plan. It’s the plan but Jurgen knows it.
“Now is not the time to talk about these things because I have a contract until 2024. When the time comes, I will sit down with my management and see my options.
“But we’re in the middle of this project, this beautiful project, and after that I’ll decide. But definitely, yes, that’s the plan.
“Now is not the time to talk about these things (becoming a Liverpool manager one day).
“I’m nothing without them,” Klopp said of his coaching staff. “Without them, I didn’t want to do the job – and I couldn’t do the job anymore. It’s like that.
“Dynamism [Lijnders] has become incredibly important in a short time because it writes everything down, it is also part of the “brain” because it is our mind to remember things that we have done in previous sessions.
“He’s bringing us the next generation of coaches. We’re not old but we’ve been in the business for so long already, so it’s okay that you have routines, you use them and they are good.
“We try to stay open all the time, but with Pep he’s our point of connection with the present and the future, so that’s really, really important.”