Pep Lijnders insists ‘the future looks very bright’ for Liverpool

Pep Lijnders doesn’t see Liverpool’s “special tour” ending anytime soon, thanks to the confidence Jurgen Klopp’s assistant has in the team’s mentality and quality.

The Reds played every game possible in a 2021-22 season that was as gigantic as it was memorable, with Carabao Cup and FA Cup glory bringing hope from a quadruple who just slipped away from them.

Manchester City defeated Liverpool for the Premier League title on the final day, before Real Madrid beat them 1-0 in the Champions League final at the Stade de France.

Lijnders gave the inside story of that rollercoaster season in his new book ‘Intensity’ and underlined his confidence on the eve of the 2022-23 campaign that this exciting period will continue at Anfield.

Liverpool assistant Pep Lijnders has released a book (LFC flyer)

“I hope that when fans read the book, they will be a little prouder,” he told the PA news agency.

“That they have a little more vision, that they see the game a little differently when they are sitting in the stands, that they cheer a little more because they know how important they are to us.

“That they never underestimate their importance and that they value this part of Liverpool Football Club at this time because we are on a special journey together and we have to value that.

“We are very happy with the deal we made and we are very happy with the players we have.

“If one thing Liverpool Football Club has shown in the past and now is that our players will become better, then our young players will become better, our older players will become better and that together they can become unbeatable.

“As long as they play with that mindset and that fight and that hunger to fight for each other, the future looks really bright.”

This summer, the much-loved Sadio Mane ended his successful six-year spell at Anfield to join Bayern Munich, while Divock Origi, Takumi Minamino and Neco Williams also departed.

Teenagers Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay arrived at Liverpool, as did Benfica leader Darwin Nunez on his summer move.

Summer signing Darwin Nunez helped Liverpool win Community Shield

Summer signing Darwin Nunez helped Liverpool win the Community Shield (Nick Potts/PA)

The deal could reach a club record £85m and the Uruguay striker made a promising early impression, including scoring in Saturday’s 3-1 Community Shield win against Manchester City.

“Each player will influence attacks in a different way,” Lijnders said. “Luis (Diaz) is not like Sadio, or Harvey (Elliott) is not like Mo (Salah), or Thiago is not like Millie [James Milner].

“It’s fine as long as we all play in the same direction and where we want to go.

“We play to create, we play to score, and I think Darwin is an asset in that, so he is and will be a different weapon.”

Nunez will have a key role to play this season as Liverpool look to add more titles during this medal-packed period under Klopp, whose team opens their Premier League campaign against Fulham on Saturday.

“The good thing is, if you read the book, you will see how long I go back to creating this winning mentality within the club – where the team and the team only see the next game,” Lijnders said.

“In this case now it’s Fulham and we’re really preparing for Fulham as a final, maybe an even bigger final than the Community Shield and that mentality makes us, that we don’t look forward any further.

“Of course we can talk a lot about what happened in these games (last season) and where we can improve, but that is not important now.

“Now it’s important that we prepare as well as possible for Fulham and that we see it as a cup final.”

There are plenty of cup finals for Liverpool if they keep that mindset under Klopp, who in April extended his contract until 2026 alongside assistants Peter Krawietz and Lijnders.

“For our relationship, what can I say? He is my football mentor,” said the latter about Klopp. “It was from him that I learned so much.

“He was the one who gave me the chance to evolve and become more and more important within the set-up and I can only speak well of him, but a lot of people do.”

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