Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders appointed as Red Bull Salzburg head coach

Pep Lijnders has been appointed as the next head coach of Red Bull Salzburg following his exit from Liverpool.

The 41-year-old Dutchman is set to leave Anfield after a decade when Jurgen Klopp’s reign ends following Sunday’s final game of the season against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

He has signed a three-year contract with the Austrian side with Vitor Matos installed as his No 2.

“I am very proud to become the new head coach of FC Red Bull Salzburg,” said Lijnders. “This is a real privilege for me. After PSV Eindhoven, FC Porto and Liverpool, 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 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.”

Lijnders has made no secret of his desire to pursue a managerial career of his own and has been weighing up interest from clubs across Europe, including Ajax.

Besiktas recently targeted him after dismissing coach Fernando Santos.

Lijnders initially joined Liverpool as an under-16s coach in 2014 before being promoted to the first-team staff by Brendan Rodgers the following year.

He left in January 2018 for a short spell in charge of NEC Nijmegen in his homeland but returned to Merseyside five months later after Klopp offered him the assistant manager’s job and he’s been responsible for overseeing the coaching programme since.

Talking about his managerial aspirations in February, Lijnders said: “I really believe that it’s a natural progression.

“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.”



Liverpool’s Portuguese department: Pep Ljinders on Diaz, Nunez and watching lots of Porto

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