Jurgen Klopp celebrated six years at Liverpool yesterday and he is creating a legacy at Liverpool that will endure like Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona his assistant says
Jurgen Klopp is creating a legacy at Liverpool like Johan Cruyff’s at Barcelona.
Klopp celebrated six years as Liverpool boss yesterday and his assistant Pep Lijnders claims he is building something which will endure.
Lijnders was part of the Anfield coaching staff when Klopp arrived in October 2015 before becoming his No 2 three years ago after a brief spell in charge of NEC Nijmegen.
The Dutchman has seen Klopp transform Liverpool and says he has given the club an identity again.
“For me, Jurgen is like what Johan was for Barcelona,” said Lijnders. “He’s creating something that goes beyond years. Long may it continue.
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“But years in football isn’t important for us coaches and players; it’s about the next game, the next session, the next final. It’s about today.
“This is a hungry LFC team, confident and knows what it wants. Jurgen leads and corrects. It’s a beautiful time to be a Liverpool supporter.
“Everyone saw what he has done with the team, with the fans and with the structure of the club. The prizes were a result of this continuity and stability. He gave Liverpool an identity again.”
Klopp has won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and a first title for 30 years and Lijnders says he has surpassed expectations.
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“The club has so much potential,” he said. “To fulfil this you need to go back to the holy trinity of the past – manager, fans and squad with just one belief.
“When this happens, the football world conspires in favour of Liverpool Football Club.
“When a club is fighting for 30 years to win the Premier League, when a club never won the FIFA Club World Cup before, when a club gets 97 points and wins the Champions League that season, it’s clear he has exceeded expectations.”