Liverpool have been completely transformed in the past five years. When Jürgen Klopp first came to the club the fans were down. We were dejected as the club seemed to be back on a decline after coming so close to our first title in decades in 2014. Oh how times have changed. However, the big man can’t stick around forever. This week, the EFL Cup could provide the biggest hint yet that Pep Lijnders will be successor to Jürgen Klopp.
Jürgen Klopp contract
Last December, Jürgen Klopp signed a contract extension to keep him at Anfield until 2024.
The German gaffer delighted Kopites around the world with the decision.
The extension was thought to be in an effort to attract players to the club, offering them the assurance that they’d be playing under the German giant.
In July, as reported by The Independent the boss confirmed that he plans to take some time out of the game when his deal expires.
EFL Cup tie
This week Liverpool take on Lincoln City in the EFL Cup.
The domestic trophy has typically been a proving ground for young talents.
Given the punishing schedule that sides in continental competitions face, it is a chance to rest big names and see what the youngsters can do.
However, this week may not only see a chance given to young players but also a young coach.
37-year-old assistant manager Pep Lijnders took charge of the game’s pre-match press conference instead of Jürgen Klopp.
This could be an indicator that the Dutchman will take charge of the team tomorrow.
Lijnders as Klopp successor?
There have been suggestions in the past that Pep Lijnders is being groomed to be successor to Jürgen Klopp.
We have previously stated the case for him being heir to the Anfield dugout.
To put the assistant in charge of the EFL Cup tie could be an indicator of Klopp’s succession plan. There’s no reason why the German wouldn’t be in charge as he is for every other game. He isn’t on holiday or unwell, if he is then nobody has told us.
Given that the club began its decline in the 1990s when we moved away from The Boot Room philosophy of training new managers within the club, instead of appointing external candidates, this would be a sensible move by the board.
Fingers crossed Lijnders takes charge tomorrow, and in 2024.