Liverpool assistant praises Jurgen Klopp and the club’s pursuit of perfection in pursuit of the Premier League
‘His brain works differently’: Jurgen Klopp’s pursuit of perfection has led Liverpool to the top of the Premier League as assistant Pep Lijnders applauds the ‘highly intelligent’ manager
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Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders believes that the impossible pursuit of perfection has driven the club to their current position as the best in the Premier League.
And because Jurgen Klopp’s brain works differently every day, it can lead to surprises that keep things running smoothly.
The Reds have walked away with the Premier League this season and have lost only five points in 29 games as they opened a 25-point lead over defending champion Manchester City before the suspension of all football due to the corona virus pandemic.
Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders has hailed manager Jurgen Klopp as ‘very intelligent’
Their search for a first title in 30 years remains because of the ongoing uncertainty, but Lijnders emphasized the protocols and practices introduced during Klopp’s nearly five-year tenure, meaning the club is now perfectly positioned and has missed the city with only one run last season.
“The departments, how they’ve developed over the past four or five years, they’re all looking for perfection knowing that perfection doesn’t exist,” Lijnders told liverpoolfc.com.
“See how our fields are prepared every day by our ground crew … these things make us consistent.
‘Every department is looking for and has the ambition and passion. I believe it only comes first from your leader and second is trust and everyone wants to give a percent more so that the team is better prepared for the next match.
“I think we’ve made big, big strides in this. A great compliment for every department. ‘
He pointed out how relentlessly the entire club has strived for perfection over the past few seasons
Earlier this month, Liverpool set a new top record with 22 consecutive home wins, extending the unbeaten Anfield league record to 55 games.
It’s no coincidence that the club’s revival has gone into fortune, yielding one national and two European finals – the second of which resulted in their Champions League success in June – coincided with Klopp’s nomination.
They added this season with the victory in the European Super Cup and the Club World Championship, the only trophy that had eluded them.
It’s all about the charismatic German, whose larger-than-life personality has the effect of lifting everyone who works it and encouraging it to excel.
But the team he put together does a lot of the hard work, and a collaborative approach means they were able to absorb the loss of Klopp’s previous assistant and most trusted Lieutenant Zeljko Buvac in April 2018 after a 17-year association.
“He’s very intelligent. His brain works differently from many others, that’s for sure. Every day he surprises me – and how long have we worked together? Four and a half or five years. He changes the perception in five minutes, “said Lijnders.
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“We really feel that we are a team. We prepare together, we plan together, we act together, we coach together.
“I am responsible for the training process, Peter (Krawietz) is really responsible for the analysis of the opposition and analysis of our team.
“All the ideas Jurgen has and the way he wants to set up each game and be competitive, we just try to support him as best we can.
“Three brains can do much more than one brain, if the three brains think in a common way and have the same messages and the same passion and dedication.
“That is the secret when you work with a team, that everyone wants the same and understands how we want to play and how we want to develop on the training field.”