Liverpool's assistant coach, Pep Lijnders named manager of Red Bull Salzburg


Liverpool's assistant coach, Pep Lijnders, has been appointed as the new manager of the Austrian side RB Salzburg.

Salzburg confirmed the appointment of Pep Lijnders on its official website on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. According to reports, he signed a three-year deal that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2027.

The Dutchman decided to leave Liverpool alongside Jurgen Klopp, who announced his departure from the club at the end of this season (2023/24). Lijnders joined the Reds in 2014 and rose to the position of first-team development coach in 2015 before becoming an assistant manager to Brendan Rodgers, a position he retained when Jurgen Klopp joined in October 2015.

What did Linjders say about his appointment at Salzburg?

Lijnders expressed his excitement at the club and his hope to win trophies for the club. He said,

"I am very proud to become the new head coach of FC Red Bull Salzburg. This is a real privilege for me. After PSV Eindhoven, FC Porto, and Liverpool FC, I am now moving to another exceptional club with a really good structure and a particular focus on youth development. I want to develop a mentality with the team that places a lot of emphasis on an attacking style of play and where passion and hunger for success are the basis of everything. Together with my assistant coach Vitor Matos and the entire support team, we will do our best to help the club continue to grow in an ever-changing football world. My family has visited the city before and was overwhelmed by its beauty and the friendliness of the people. That was the last and important step for me in choosing FC Red Bull Salzburg."

What will Lijnders bring to Salzburg?

The supporters of Salzburg will hope that Pep can recreate most of what he has learned under Jurgen Klopp and also bring his experience from winning the UEFA Champions League in 2019 and the Premier League title in 2020 to the club.

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