Liverpool assistant Pep Lijnders reflects on ‘frighteningly intense’ season


Pep Lijnders feels Liverpool have finished their season on a high (Picture: Getty Images)

Liverpool assistant Pep Lijnders say he is most proud of the team’s courage as they battled back to finish in the Champions League places after a ‘frighteningly intense’ season.

It was a rollercoaster season for the Reds as they looked in a good position to defend their Premier League title in December, before hitting a seriously sticky patch from January into March.

After a defeat to Fulham at Anfield, their place in the top four looked under serious threat, but Jurgen Klopp’s side turned things around and ended the season strongly.

That shock loss to the Cottagers was their last defeat of the campaign, winning eight and drawing two of their remaining matches, a run which saw them finish third in the table.

Lijnders admits that a third-placed finish would have been seen as a failure at the start of the season, but after the late recovery he is immensely proud of the character the Liverpool side showed.

‘If you’d asked us on the first day of the season, the answer would be of course not, but if you ask me now it feels we became a champion with the way we finished the season,’ Lijnders told Liverpool’s official club website.

‘The reason for that is because the pressure we had in the last 10 games was immense, but we showed a champions’ heart and character. And the conclusion? Our journey is not ending.

‘This season was frighteningly intense, physically but especially emotionally. Setbacks came, but they never won. The boys kept working so hard in training and in the long term you will win with this – and that’s what happened.

‘We were not perfect, but we were in our best way possible. With this we found consistency, with this we found a team again – a team who developed courage.

‘Over the last weeks the boys created the mentality to see the next game as a final, just like in our good days. That’s the thing I’m most proud of, the courage we played with.’


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