Liverpool’s current success is largely down to one man, Jurgen Klopp, he has transformed the Reds from a team chasing for a top 4-6 finish who have a selling club mentality, into a title contending juggernaut in European football, enticing the biggest and best talent across the continent. We have seen that in recent years with the signings of Mo Salah, Alisson, Van Dijk and Thiago to name a few. In that time has turned players into superstars with his brand of football and has the upmost respect from all his piers in the dressing room. He has also guided Liverpool to their sixth Champions League trophy and their first Premier League title in 30 years.
However, one man cannot take all the plaudits that come his way without some recognition for his backroom staff. If you asked Jurgen Klopp he would tell you the absolute same. Also the German cannot remain Liverpool manager forever, although many would argue that point, maybe as we have seen with Michael Edwards and Julian Ward, there are succession plans in place to consider our very own Pep Ljinders as his successor.
Is Pep Lijnders the perfect Klopp Replacement?
The 39-year-old Dutch wingman has been a key part to Liverpool’s recent success, Just like Klopp, Lijnders is enthusiastic, hardworking and admired by the Liverpool players. Also his he has had massive boots to fill since Željko Buvač left the club which he as done and is well thought of amongst Liverpool fans.
The Dutchman is already knowledgeable to Klopp’s ideas and savvy to the Liverpool philosophies which is something a new manager would perhaps struggle to come to terms with. The Reds play with a brand of football which is a unique brand of football including creative full backs, triangles and inside forwards. It has been a major staplement of their recent success and is what has led to their recent success. Pep is already fully qualified in that respect and there are very little, if any, managers in the world that would come in and adopt our style of play.
Of course, there are obvious doubters as to whether Lijnders’ has the experience to be a number one. He has a manager of just 22 matches at the likes of PSV Eindhoven, FC Porto and NEC. But surely that experience he has had with Jurgen Klopp and more importantly Liverpool sets him in good stead.
With an array of youngsters like Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones, Ibrahama Konate & Diogo Jota progressing through to the senior ranks, the future is bright at Anfield. While the people upstairs at Liverpool still have some time to play with to decide who the best man is to replace Klopp, they should start planning as soon as possible to ensure the Reds have the best chance to be fighting for the big trophy’s for years to come.
With Pep Lijnders’ having been an integral part of the coaching staff since re-joining Liverpool in 2018 and still with another two years to learn from the genius that is Klopp, the ideal candidate might be right under their noses. Whatever the future holds for Klopp, our current number two could successfully manage to keep this world class team amongst the European elite.