Despite mine and I’d imagine most Liverpool fans desire and hope that Jurgen Klopp will manager the Reds forever – there will no doubt come a time where he will leave the club and a new man will step in to take his place.
However, it won’t be an easy feat having to replace one of the greatest managers to ever take charge of the club having taken us to Premier League and Champions League glory, as well as winning the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup in the last four seasons on Merseyside.
What may come as a surprise to some, is that Klopp has already named his desired successor to take his place when the time is right according to the Sunday World’s Kevin Palmer, as cited by AnfieldWatch on Twitter below. The journalist says that Klopp has chosen his right-hand man in Pep Lijnders to take his place when he finally decides his time is up at the club…
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) February 17, 2021
I can understand why Klopp would want Lijnders to take his place in charge when he leaves, with the Dutchman having spent his time at the Reds as an academy coach, and now as the Germans assistant, he would seem to be the obvious successor for his place as first-team manager.
Lijnders knows the club inside out and has a great understanding of the owners and how things tick at Anfield but something tells me it may be too big a jump for him to go from understudy to suddenly become the manager of one of the best football teams in the world.
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There are lots of managers that will likely be available in the future that will have a better skill set and experience to take over the club but then again, Bob Paisley took over from Bill Shankly after being his assistant and he went on to become the most successful manager in the club’s history, so who knows!
What do you think Liverpool fans, would Lijnders be the perfect replacement? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section down below…