Pepijn Lijnders rules himself out of running to replace Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool manager

Pepijn Lijnders spoke to Liverpool’s club media this week and confirmed he will be leaving the club in the summer after 10 years under Jurgen Klopp.

Lijnders was previously among the favourites to replace Klopp but has seen his odds slashed to 9/1, with Xabi Alonso the clear frontrunner at 17/20 with Betfair.

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It is not uncommon in the footballing world for an assistant manager to step up and replace a departing manager but the comments made by Lijnders this week suggest that will not be the case.

However, he did confirm he wants to move into management himself if possible.

On it being hard to leave Liverpool, Lijnders said: “Yeah, 10 years of the club and my boys don’t know anything else, they are Scousers. I owe this club everything. They don’t owe me anything, to be honest. It’s 10 years full of dedication. I always said I will finish with Jürgen; the moment I will not assist anyone else, that’s the moment I will go and I will manage. 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.

“But yeah, it’s not easy. My boys, my wife; my boys are two proper Scousers and their whole life they will be. Maybe posh ones! But still! I cannot say thank you enough to everybody involved. I’m grateful. Mike [Gordon] and myself had a good talk later, I’m really grateful for that and that makes me [feel] as well that I can leave the club consciously.”

He added: “I hope I can give the same emotions and the same joy to the fans in the future, to the new club. I really believe that it’s a natural progression, how we led this club for the last years, so that’s really cool and I can’t wait to start.

“But probably in a few months’ time I will sit down with my manager, now is not the time, but then I will see what kind of options do I have, which club really wants [me] and in that moment I will make a decision that is for me good, hopefully for Vitor what is good and hopefully for my family. Yeah, truly and from the bottom of my heart, I just hope that our paths cross again in the future – that would be absolutely unbelievable.”

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.