Klopp to offer former Liverpool coach a chance to return to Anfield

Date published: Monday 28th May 2018 12:11 - Joe Williams

Liverpool are set to offer former coach Pep Lijnders a place back in their backroom staff, according to reports.

Lijnders left Anfield in January to take over as NEC Nijmegen head coach in his homeland but he was sacked as the Dutch side failed to gain promotion to the Eredivisie.

And now Goal.com claims that the Dutchman will be offered a place back on Klopp’s coaching staff with Lijnders thought to be keen on a return.

That comes after the news that Klopp’s long-term assistant boss Zeljko Buvac is unlikely to return to Liverpool after he missed the last four matches of the campaign for “personal reasons”.

The Reds lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday evening and Lijnders was there to see the match and reportedly seen chatting to Liverpool staff.

Following his departure in January, Klopp hailed Lijnders as a “stand out” coach that improved his players.

“He has such a big football brain,” Klopp said. “But it’s his willingness to learn and absorb information and always look to improve and be better as a coach that makes him stand out.

“Of course, one of his biggest legacies at LFC will be the development and integration into the first-team squad of so many young and exciting players. The role he played in making us aware of these players and then helping us get the best out of them will have a lasting impact here.”

 

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