Episode #54 of the TGG Podcast, in association with Hudl, is with Liverpool assistant Pep Lijnders.
The Dutchman sat down with Simon Austin at the AXA Training Centre for an exclusive interview. In Part 2, he looked back on his career, gave insights into his time with Liverpool and reflected on his special relationship with Jurgen Klopp.
This has been an interview we've wanted to do for a long time, so we hope you enjoy it!
01:37: Starting in football and coaching in Holland.
09:11: Working with Vitor Frade at Porto.
10:15: Importance of youth at Porto. Transferring idea of the talent group to Liverpool. Academy must match standard of scouting and recruitment. Need for a unified approach and for first-team manager to be aware of club's young players. Need for an 'inside pathway'.
15:24: Move to Liverpool in 2014. Doing Pro Licence in Wales.
20:00: Progression of coaches/ analysts as well as players at Liverpool.
21:39: Moving from Academy to first team at Liverpool. Why #6 and #10 are the most 'stressed' positions.
26:17: Strong relationship with Mike Gordon/ how he offered to pay for his father's hospital treatment.
27:52: First meeting with Jurgen Klopp. Returning after season as manager of Nijmegen in Holland. Told "I feel we can conquer the world together."
33:50: Why he and Klopp work so well together.
35:08: Highlights of his time at Liverpool. So proud of Trent Alexander-Arnold. What makes Klopp so special.
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