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Jurgen Klopp's right-hand man's admission is a testament to Liverpool's spirit

Liverpool's management team embrace the supporters on Jurgen Klopp's farewell
-Credit: (Image: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)


After an emotional week at Anfield, Liverpool's Arne Slot era is almost upon us.

Jurgen Klopp may not have left the club in the dream way many had hoped but he certainly got the send-off worthy of his accomplishments at the club. As he thanked the supporters in attendance, what was evident was the spirit he created with the Reds.

Some of Liverpool's best teams showcase the attitude that no single person is bigger than the club including Klopp himself who started Slot chants before heading back down the tunnel. In our latest look at the media headlines, it is evident that spirit has transferred to his coaching staff too.

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Lijnders admission on leaving Liverpool

In an interview with The Athletic, Klopp's trusty assistant Pep Lijnders explained why he also decided to leave Anfield when the German announced his departure. "Jurgen had made his mind up and I was quite clear that it was the right time for me to make my own way," he said.

"Over the past three years, I said ‘no’ to a lot of clubs. The reason I always stayed was out of loyalty to Jurgen and FSG. I already really wanted to go and show what I could do."

The ECHO says: Lijnders could have very easily taken the route of remaining at Anfield for the transition into the post-Klopp era. FSG would have likely welcomed that move as it would have allowed a sense of familiarity. However, what it would have also done is create this looming sense that the Reds were too cautious to adapt to a new era - frightened of moving away from the tried and tested Klopp formula. In a way, it seems that Lijnders recognised this too and it was a noble gesture to leave with his manager to allow Slot to bring in his own team and hopefully create a fresh era at the club.

Carragher slammed for Klopp and Wenger comparisons

On this week's episode of the Stick to Football podcast, Jamie Carragher insisted that Klopp should be ranked higher than Arsene Wenger for his legacy. However, former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was having none of it, writing on X: "Klopp unbelievable how he transformed Liverpool but Arsene’s legacy in the Premier League is second to none.

"Sorry Jamie but you are miles off it, please don’t be so biased and respect Arsene and what he done over a longer period, including leading the only team in the Premier League to be invincible. Everyone appreciates what Pep [Guardiola] has done and changed the way we see football in this country but don’t forget AW had a similar effect when he came in 96! You know that era better than me and witnessed it so let’s not forget that!"

The ECHO says: Often comparing one manager to another manager is reductive as those who have managed your club will always come out above anyone else. As much as it pains us to say it, Carragher's opinion may have been skewed by recency bias. While the end of Wenger's time at Arsenal was disappointing for the Gunners, it is hard to argue with what he achieved in the '90s and '00s. Klopp's longevity as a manager is better than Wenger's but the Frenchman's Premier League influence was astonishing. At the moment, they are probably equal in terms of what they have achieved in football which will not win us any friends. But, the key difference is that Klopp's career is not necessarily over so there is still more he could accomplish.

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