Liverpool have made some spectacular signings in recent years. Michael Edwards and his recruitment team have become the envy of the footballing world, not putting a foot wrong in the transfer market in some time and even when they do they do so with minimal cost. The recent Liverpool signing of Diogo Jota could have an impact further than the pitch, the player’s success could further the case for Pep Lijnders to be successor to Jürgen Klopp.
Liverpool sign Diogo Jota
For months the club told us that there was no money in the pot and we just had to be patient, we had to accept the very real possibility of defending the title without reinforcements.
The global health crisis had thrown the club into financial turmoil with millions lost in commercial revenue and gate receipts.
Then the club acted swiftly and decisively. Thiago Alcantara was brought in from Bayern Munich after a protracted saga in the press.
A day later, Liverpool announced the signing of Diogo Jota for a fee of £41m.
Pep Lijnders and Diogo Jota
Fan favourite Pep Lijnders has been with Liverpool for a long time, with a break in the middle whilst he took up a post in the Netherlands.
The Dutchman is the Reds’ assistant manager, previously he held the position of first-team development coach before Klopp brought him into the Anfield dugout.
Prior to working on Merseyside, the Dutchman had worked for Porto. Lijnders is said to have utilised his extensive knowledge of and contacts in Portuguese football to analyse Diogo Jota.
According to James Pearce, Pep Lijnders was instrumental in bringing Jota in. The journalist told the Red Agenda Podcast:
“Jota cause on the shortlist was championed by Pep Lijnders who, clearly with his background in Portuguese football, knew all about him and had collected glowing references on his character.
“Pep Lijnders was pushing Jürgen KLopp telling him he was a fantastic alternative [to Ismaila Sarr].”
Jota, Lijnders and Klopp
Diogo Jota being very much pushed for by Pep Lijnders could impact the Dutchman’s potential to be successor to Jürgen Klopp.
We have previously stated ourselves that we believe the ex-Porto coach to be the ideal heir to the Anfield dugout.
If a signing that the coach pushed for turns out to be a success then his reputation in the boardroom could be significantly boosted.
Our next manager will need to be involved in these decisions, if Lijnders is already getting them right then it could well further his case to be the next Liverpool boss.