Pep Lijnders reveals what Jurgen Klopp asked him to do before 2019 Champions League final

Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0 in the UEFA Champions League final in 2019.


Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders recently shed light on his pivotal role during the 2019 UEFA Champions League final.

Following a remarkable comeback against Barcelona in the semi-finals, Liverpool triumphed over Tottenham in the all-Premier League showdown at the Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid.

Goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi secured the victory for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

This marked one of the eight major trophies Klopp has lifted as Liverpool’s manager, solidifying his legendary status at the club.

As he prepares to conclude his nine-year tenure with the team, the German is set to manage his final two games against Aston Villa and Wolves.

Another departure from Anfield at the end of the season is Lijnders.

The Dutchman rejoined Liverpool’s coaching staff ahead of the 2018/2019 campaign after a brief stint with NEC Nijmegen in the Dutch second division.

Upon returning to Klopp’s coaching staff, Lijnders likely didn’t anticipate the significant role he would play on June 1, 2019.

Before the final in Spain, Klopp had experienced six consecutive final losses across his tenures with Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool.

Notably, he suffered two final defeats in his first season with Liverpool before falling short against Real Madrid in the 2018 Champions League final.

In a bid to break this streak and avoid a seventh successive final loss, Klopp turned to his trusted assistant, and their meticulous planning paid off brilliantly on the grand stage.

“I felt pressure before the final,” Pep Lijnders said in ‘The Reds Roundtable‘ episode.

“And the gaffer reminded me that he lost a lot before.

“So it was the seven and I remember him saying three weeks before ‘Pep I want nothing to do with the planning of this final, I lost the last six, up to you’ [with the planning]. Ok, cool.

“I’m really happy that I could work the last 10 years in this club because for me this is the best club in the world and I am really happy to be with the academy director for such a long time, with the manager who changed this club like just a few other managers did in the past so I am really grateful for that.

“The legacy is with the fans, how they feel it, how they live it.

“We are there to give them emotions, we are there to give them joy and I think that’s what we did.”

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