Jurgen Klopp No 2 Pepijn Lijnders under scrutiny for writing book on Liverpool tactics


‘How was he allowed to do it?’: Jurgen Klopp’s No 2 Pepijn Lijnders under scrutiny for writing book on Liverpool’s tactics – which were exposed in 4-1 Napoli humbling – as Dietmar Hamann says ‘alarm bells should be ringing’

  • Liverpool assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders under scrutiny for writing a book
  • Jurgen Klopp’s No 2 wrote a book ‘Intensity: Inside Liverpool’ about their tactics 
  • The Reds were exposed in a heavy 4-1 defeat to Napoli in the Champions League
  • Former Liverpool ace Dietmar Hamann insists ‘alarm bells’ should be ringing

Former midfielder Dietmar Hamann has criticised Liverpool assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders for releasing a book about Jurgen Klopp’s side while still working at Anfield.

The Reds have endured a stuttering start to the new season as they currently sit seventh in the Premier League having won just two of their opening six fixtures.

Things went from bad to worse in their Champions League opener as they were humiliated with a heavy 4-1 defeat at Serie A side Napoli, which exposed Liverpool’s lack of intensity and suspect defending so far this campaign.

Liverpool were humiliated as they suffered a 4-1 defeat to Napoli in the Champions League

Dietmar Hamann has criticised Pepijn Lijnders for releasing a book about Jurgen Klopp’s side

Dietmar Hamann has criticised Pepijn Lijnders for releasing a book about Jurgen Klopp’s side

Jurgen Klopp ‘s side were blown away in Naples, conceding two first-half penalties and going 4-0 down after 47 minutes.

Liverpool kept fighting, and Luis Diaz hit back with a consolation goal, but it was a dreadful night for the Reds in Italy, which has led to criticism of the boss and his players for the poor start to the season.

Hamann, who made 283 appearances for Liverpool between the years of 1999 and 2006, appeared to lay some of the blame at the feet of blaming Klopp’s No 2 Lijnders.

Lijnders at the beginning of August released a book called ‘Intensity: Inside Liverpool FC’, and it’s described as giving ‘expert first hand insight into everything from training to tactics and team talks’.

Lijnders has released a book ‘Intensity: Inside Liverpool FC’, that gives insight into tactics

Lijnders has released a book ‘Intensity: Inside Liverpool FC’, that gives insight into tactics

It is unlikely that he has given away all of the Reds secrets, but the German midfielder insists ‘alarm bells should be ringing’, and questions why Klopp’s assistant was allowed to release such a book while still working at the club. 

Hamann tweeted: ‘The alarm bells should have been ringing for Liverpool fans when the current assistant manager wrote a book while still employed by the club. 

‘How he was allowed to do it I’m not too sure.’

Former Liverpool midfielder Hamann questions why Lijnders was allowed to release the book

Former Liverpool midfielder Hamann questions why Lijnders was allowed to release the book

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On the day his book was published, Lijnders said: ‘The concept for this all started back in pre-season last summer during our 28-day training camp. When James suggested it as maybe an idea for the future, my immediate reply was: ‘Let’s do it now, why should we wait?’

‘And from then on, we were all-in. I obviously had no idea how the season would turn out, but whatever happened, I’d committed to this project. As we say, what we do, we do 100 per cent at Liverpool FC.

‘I decided we would hold nothing back in this book; what you read is what happened as it happened throughout the course of the season. I believe this book is for anybody who loves the game.

‘You’ll read all about the decisions, the training, the tactics, the team-talks and how Jürgen motivates and leads this team, players, and staff like no-one else can as we had an incredible season, winning two trophies and going close in two more.

‘If you want to know more, I recommend you get the book – and for Liverpool supporters, don’t forget, we are different because of you guys.’

Lijnders is highly-rated at Liverpool and has served as No 2 to Klopp since 2018

Lijnders is highly-rated at Liverpool and has served as No 2 to Klopp since 2018

Lijnders also provides an insight into the feeling in the Liverpool camp following the chaos that marred the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in Paris. 

However, a book surely isn’t going to be the sole reason for Liverpool’s drop in form and intensity, and there are so many other problems.

Intensity, suspect defending and a huge injury list are what most people are suggesting the issues are at Liverpool at present. Klopp will be hoping to have a few more return to fitness in the coming weeks.

The Reds are due to host Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday as they look to get their season back on track.



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