Liverpool have climbed to the top of world football in the past couple of years. Jürgen Klopp and his coaching staff have masterminded this cohort into greatness. This side has become known for its relentless mentality. Speaking ahead of the tie with Ajax, Pep Lijnders has said that Liverpool don’t accept the word ‘retreat’.
Pep Lijnders heir to the throne
There are few people I’d rather listen to talk about football than Pep Lijnders.
The Dutchman has a way with words and his passion for the game is always evident.
Since joining the coaching staff at Anfield he has been elevated through the ranks and is now Jürgen Klopp’s number two.
He understands the club, the city and the fans. We saw this in his famous press conference when he insisted the side’s identity is intensity.
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Many believe that he is being groomed to take over from Jürgen Klopp when the time comes.
Pep Lijnders on Liverpool mentality
In the matchday programme for the Champions League tie with Ajax, the Reds’ assistant manager spoke about the two team’s similarities.
Pep Lijnders said that both Liverpool and Ajax are fiercely and stubbornly attacking sides, writing:
“It’s always tight when both teams don’t accept the word ‘retreat’. That’s the one word that doesn’t exist in our dictionaries.
“For us it doesn’t matter who we play against, home or away – we will press them high and aggressively and we will attack and attack them again.
“Our style is to attack with and without the ball. We realise that the game is played with one ball – our ball – and we try to steal it back wherever we can on the pitch and use it to attack the opponent.
“It’s the same kind of approach as Ajax. That’s why it will be highly interesting. Who can take control over the game will automatically push the other team in its weakness.”
What RTK has to say
Pep Lijnders and his views on the Liverpool way are always a joy.
This is why we’ve been so successful in recent years, Pep and Klopp have been drilling this ‘no retreat’ mentality into the players.
We’ve seen this side blow opposition away with their relentlessness.
We’ve seen them strangle games with their determined pressing.
It is an absolute joy to watch this Liverpool side, we’re lucky to have them.