Pep Lijnders targeted by Austrian side RB Salzburg ahead of summer

Pep Lijnders is wanted by RB Salzburg this summer as the Liverpool assistant manager prepares to leave his post at the end of the season.

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RB Salzburg are interested in appointing Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders as their new head coach.

This is according to Paul Joyce, who states that the Austrian giants see Lijnders as the ideal candidate for the role.

The Austrian club parted ways with Gerhard Struber last month and are now on the hunt for a permanent manager.

The Dutchman will leave Anfield after six years as Jurgen Klopp’s assistant manager on Merseyside, having initially joined the club under Brendan Rogers as an u16 coach in 2014.

Lijnders has been open about his ambition to become a head coach and has been considering offers from various European clubs.

Ajax were believed to be sniffing around the Dutchman, but are thought to have moved on to examining other targets

Besiktas recently expressed interest in him after sacking their coach, Fernando Santos, with reports from Turkey suggesting as much.

Discussing his managerial ambitions in February, Lijnders said:

“I always said I will finish with Jurgen – I will not assist anyone else, that’s the moment I will go and manage. We end this project together that we started.”

While some have suggested that Lijnders could be a potential successor to Klopp, similar to how Bob Paisley seamlessly succeeded Bill Shankly in the mid-70s, Lijnders has consistently stated that such a scenario is not on the cards.

However, if he excels in a managerial role elsewhere, there is widespread speculation that he could be linked with a return to Anfield in the future.

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