Liverpool’s reported new first-team coach, Pepijn Lijnders, has been given the seal of approval from former defender Jamie Carragher.
Lijnders, 32, is set to be appointed to Brendan Rodgers’ backroom staff and replace Mike Marsh as first-team coach.
Writing on the social network Kicca, Carragher – whose son plays at the Academy – wrote:
“He is someone I’ve seen work at the academy and spoken to 3/4 times over the last 12 months there’s no doubt he’s a very good coach he’s got experience from Porto and PSV in the last few years.
“Watching him coach it was clear he would progress in the game he had an authority when coaching the youngsters that hopefully he can take to Melwood, if true it’s a fantastic opportunity for Pepjin and let’s hope he can make a difference.”
Lijnders spent seven years at PSV Eindhoven as a youth coach, before joining Porto in 2007 where he was promoted to the first-team setup.
He joined Liverpool last summer in what was viewed as a very good move for the club, acquiring such a highly rated coach. He has quickly impressed at the Academy and his methods have already been used at a first-team level.
Players and coaches at the Academy speak extremely highly of the Dutchman, who is a huge believer in high-pressing, attacking football.