Liverpool assistant coach Pepijn Lijnders has praised the impact of behind-the-scenes Liverpool coach Vitor Matos, calling him the “signing of the season”.
Matos joined the Reds at the start of October as elite development coach, arriving from Porto where he spent time as an assistant coach of the club’s B Team during the 2018/19 campaign.
The 31-year-old took up the role previously held by Lijnders – who also moved to Anfield from Porto – and, speaking to reporters at a press conference on Wednesday, Lijnders raved over his colleague’s impact in a short space of time at Melwood.
“For me, [Matos is] our best signing this season,” the assistant coach said. “He’s a talented coach, an intelligent coach and he can help make the next step with these young players. We’ve seen already the impact he made on our younger players.
“Having a really talented coach for young players, he can inspire eight or nine of them and he connects. He influences the boys on the pitch but he also connects departments throughout the club – he connects the academy, he connects me and Jurgen [Klopp].
“He’s basically the connector for these three parts of the club. We’re really happy that he’s here.”
Elsewhere in his press conference – held to preview Wednesday’s EFL Cup clash with Arsenal – Lijnders promised that the Reds‘ lineup would be one that would be “hungry” and ready to “attack” the game.
“Tomorrow we’ll have a line-up who feels the responsibility to attack tomorrow’s game and who knows the responsibility of playing against Arsenal at home,” Lijnders continued. “We will have lineup who is hungry, who is fresh and who wants to prove a point.
“So, I think our squad is not big but it doesn’t make sense and it would really not be intelligent to make it even smaller by not using its strength, and one of its strengths, in my opinion, is the power of the youth with experience. That mixture can bring amazing processes.”
Liverpool progressed to the last 16 of the competition after easing past MK Dons last month.