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Pep Lijnders says Jürgen Klopp convinced him to return to Liverpool

Liverpool have had some of the game’s best managers and coaches in the dugout down the years. In our modern history we’ve seen Rafa Benitez, Pako Ayestaran, Pep Lijnders and Jürgen Klopp. The Reds have been truly blessed. Our Dutch assistant did leave us for a period, though. Pep Lijnders has said that Jürgen Klopp convinced him to return.

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Pep Lijnders story

37-year-old assistant manager Pep Lijnders has had two spell with Liverpool.

Prior to joining the Reds the first time around the Dutchman was a youth coach with PSV Eindhoven.

He then joined Porto and worked under Andre Villas Boas before moving to Merseyside in 2014 to work with Brendan Rodgers and then the current gaffer.

In January 2018 he became manager of NEC in the Dutch second tier, he was sacked at the end of the season after failing to achieve promotion.

In June 2018 he rejoined the Reds and it has been happy families ever since.

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Pep Lijnders on Jürgen Klopp

In an interview with Norway’s TV2, Pep Lijnders explained that Jürgen Klopp convinced him to rejoin Liverpool.

The assistant coach believes that the German was vital to his decision to return to Merseyside, saying:

“Jürgen wanted me to come back to be his assistant. He said that we could both be responsible for everything that happens inside the club, and was very clear on what he wanted.

“He was convinced that we could take the club further, and that together we could manage to conquer a lot.

“I had also formed an image of what things could look like, and it was specifically in that moment that everything became clear to me.

“Jürgen has that ability to touch your heart. He knows exactly what he wants, and when we talked on the phone it felt right.”

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A bromance for the ages.

Pep Lijnders and Jürgen Klopp succeeded in conquering the lot.

Since Pep’s return we’ve been crowned champions of England, Europe and the world.

The Reds are thoroughly back on their perch and we can thank Pep and Jürgen for that.

Hopefully it is Lijnders who takes the job when Klopp decides he’s had enough, there’s nobody we’d rather see in that dugout.

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