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Jurgen Klopp’s right-hand man Lijnders secures new job at Salzburg

The Dutchman, 41, has agreed a three-year deal with the Bundesliga side

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Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders has been named the new head coach of Austrian side RB Salzburg.

Dutchman Lijnders has been Jurgen Klopp’s right-hand man after rejoining Liverpool in 2018, helping propel the club to seven major honours, including the Premier League and Champions League.

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Lijnders had already announced he would be following Klopp in leaving Anfield at the end of the season and he is delighted to have secured a new job in the Bundesliga.

He said: “I am very proud to become the new head coach of FC Red Bull Salzburg.

“This is a real privilege for me. After PSV Eindhoven, FC Porto and Liverpool FC, 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.”

Lijnders will be assisted in his new role by Vitor Matos, who has spent the last four-and-a-half years as Liverpool’s elite development coach.

Lijnders added: “Together with my assistant coach Vitor Matos and the entire support team, we will do our best to help the club [Salzburg] 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.”

Klopp, Lijnders and Matos will say farewell to the Liverpool fans on Sunday when the Reds host Wolves.

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Jon Fisher

Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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