Liverpool fans love a personality in the dugout, it’s one of the many reasons we are so enamoured with Jürgen Klopp. We also have a soft spot for his assistant with his smooth Dutch accent and the way he talks about the pashhon the local lads have for the club. Speaking to Goal, ex-Red Conor Masterson heaped praise on Pep Lijnders.
Conor Masterson at Liverpool
22–year-old Irish centre back Conor Masterson spent five years with Liverpool.
The QPR defender joined the Reds from Lucan United in 2014.
He progressed well through the ranks at the academy, captaining the U18s side and performing impressively for the U23s.
He was an unused substitute in an FA Cup tie against Exeter City, and he was named on the bench for the Reds’ famous 3-0 Anfield win over Manchester City in the Champions League.
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Masterson was released before the start of the 2018/19 season, signing a two year deal with QPR.
Conor Masterson on Pep Lijnders
In an interview with Goal, Conor Masterson heaped praise on Pep Lijnders.
The pair worked together when the Irishman was playing for the Liverpool U16s and the Dutchman was coaching the side. The QPR defender said:
“He’s the best I’ve coach ever had, and I’ve had some good ones.
“Pep’s love for the game is immense. He got the best out of me. Every day I’d be going into training thinking ‘this is gonna be good’.
“Obviously Klopp is the main man at Liverpool, but Pep is a huge reason why they have reached the levels they’ve reached. What a coach, man.”
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Many, including myself, have touted Pep as a potential successor to Jürgen Klopp.
Conor Masterson has reiterated just why Pep Lijnders is so highly rated by fans and players alike.
It is his passion, his love for the game. We relish his press conferences, hopefully he’ll be taking them full time when Jürgen Klopp decides to call it a day.