Pep Lijnders reveals his reason for leaving Liverpool at the end of the season with Jurgen Klopp... with the Reds assistant now expected to pursue ambitions in management

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Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders has explained his decision to leave the club at the end of the season, as he prepares to pursue his aspirations in management.

The Dutchman initially joined Liverpool as an assistant to Brendan Rodgers in 2014, before taking on the same role with Klopp.

He returned to the club in 2018 after a brief spell in charge of Dutch side NEC, with the 41-year-old playing an important role in the club winning the Champions League and Premier League.

Liverpool confirmed last week that Lijnders and fellow assistants Peter Krawietz and Vitor Matos will leave the club at the end of the season.

It followed the Klopp's shock announcement that he will step down as manager after nine years at Anfield.

Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders has explained his decision to leave the club

Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders has explained his decision to leave the club

Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders has explained his decision to leave the club

Lijnders said he had vowed to only work as an assitant to Klopp before pursuing manageement

Lijnders said he had vowed to only work as an assitant to Klopp before pursuing manageement

he had always said he would leave the club with Klopp, stressing that he would not work as an assistant to anyone but the German.

'I always said I will finish with Jurgen; the moment I will not assist anyone else, that’s the moment I will go and I will manage,' Lijnders said.

'That was always the case.

'So when we spoke, it was clear for me: OK, then I go and manage, and we end this project together that we started.

'It’s not easy, leaving such a club. But in life I feel always you have to do the right thing and the right thing means that in the summer we said we continue and we go with all we have, we make it ‘the Last Dance’, we make it like a proper ending. 

'Not knowing that it would be that season but knowing that the project is coming to an end.'

Lijnders claimed that new signings made last summer mean that Liverpool will be left with a squad 'full of hunger, talent and leadership' when Klopp and his coaching team depart in the summer.

He believes this will allow Liverpool to remain really successful in the coming years despite the club facing significant change.

Klopp has hailed Lijnders as the most influential figure at the club in recent years, with the outgoing Liverpool boss insisting the Dutchman is read to manage his own team.

Klopp has insisted Lijnders is now ready to pursue his own ambitions in club management

Klopp has insisted Lijnders is now ready to pursue his own ambitions in club management

'Pep especially is ready – ready to manage a football team and he wants to do that as well, so that’s great, together with Vitor,' Klopp said.

If you change, change properly. And they are ready for the future and I’m really happy about that. 

'The most influential guy in the last years definitely in this club was Pep Lijnders. The job he did is absolutely exceptional. The inspiration he is for me is absolutely exceptional.

'The relationship we grew is absolutely exceptional. Outstanding, everything. And I’m really looking forward to follow his way and to support if necessary. And if I can, I will definitely do.'

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