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Liverpool assistant manager Lijnders claims Reds cannot replace Klopp

Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders believes that replacing Jurgen Klopp is an impossible task, and the club should not attempt to find a duplicate but rather someone who can establish their own legacy.

Jurgen Klopp’s surprising decision to step down at the end of the season has presented a daunting challenge for owners Fenway Sports Group, who must find a successor for a manager who has achieved every major club honor except for the Europa League during his tenure at Anfield.

With the Carabao Cup final against Chelsea approaching this weekend, Klopp has the opportunity to add to his collection of trophies. The conclusion of the season could potentially see Liverpool competing for three more titles, offering Klopp a remarkable farewell.

However, Lijnders, along with the rest of Klopp’s coaching staff, emphasized that seeking a carbon copy of the 56-year-old would be futile. Xabi Alonso, a former Liverpool midfielder, is currently the leading candidate for the position.

“No one can replace Jurgen Klopp. But I think the past showed already a few difficult transitions,” said the Dutchman.

“What was the most difficult transition inside this club was (Bill) Shankly saying ‘That’s me’. (Bob) Paisley stepped up and was completely different from Shanks.

“It shows, as a club, we have to search for someone who wants to grow, who has the mindset to develop.

“I think we did the right thing by announcing early so the club has real time to make this transition smooth but the past has already shown that it is really impossible.

“The (Pep) Guardiola team of Barca, he says out of nothing ‘That’s me’ and then Tito (Vilanova) took over and has the highest win ratio ever – that was probably the most difficult transition in the last 15 years.

“What I’m trying to say is they don’t have to replace Jurgen, they have to find a good, good manager because nobody will replace Jurgen.”

Lijnders doesn’t think that Klopp’s announcement will impact their title challenge

There was concern that Klopp’s announcement could potentially disrupt a team leading the Premier League, facing Southampton in the FA Cup next week, and being the favorite for the Europa League after being drawn against Sparta Prague in the last 16.

However, that hasn’t been the case, with five victories and just one defeat since the news broke. Lijnders attributed this to the mentality within the dressing room.

“I think you underestimate our squad, the personalities in it,” he added.

“They have been through a lot already, in recent history but also how they grew up; a lot of these boys had to show character from a young age – not everything went easy for them.

“A lot of us get a lot of criticism but we grow with this, it only feeds us. All these boys know how to deal with it.

“A lot of these boys didn’t win anything with Liverpool yet so of course they give everything despite the manager saying he is leaving.

“We are stable enough to deal with it. That’s what I thought before – but you never know. It is in the back of your mind but I, we, trust the squad enough that they can deal with that.

“We never make it more complicated than it is and I like that. It is the next game, that’s our final – and it is a final so let’s give everything on this planet to win this one and give joy and emotion to the fans.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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