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Pep Lijnders names Liverpool player who 'made everything possible' under Jürgen Klopp

Former Liverpool coach Pep Lijnders throws a ball back onto the pitch.
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Former Liverpool assistant coach Pep Lijnders, the trusted lieutenant of Jürgen Klopp, has named the player who the Reds success would not have been possible without.

Lijnders joined Liverpool before Klopp arrived, initially working as the Reds' U16 coach when he first arrived at Anfield from FC Porto. He was later promoted to working with the first team before returning from six months in the Netherlands with NEC Nijmegen to be Klopp's assistant in 2018.

"Ali [Alisson] is the one who made everything possible," Lijnders told The RedMen TV. "Without this guy, no chance. You need a good, good goalkeeper to win trophies."

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Before Alisson signed from AS Roma, Liverpool had Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius between the sticks. But neither player was quite convincing enough to make the shirt their own.

Despite interest in Alisson from Saudi Arabia, it is expected that the Brazilian will remain at Liverpool this summer. Were he to leave, he would be almost impossible to replace, as Lijnders' comments hint at.

Caoimhín Kelleher could also draw interest from elsewhere though it remains to be seen if he will push for a move. The Irish stopper played around half of the games this season because Alisson spent a significant chunk of the campaign out injured.

As well as Lijnders, Liverpool is also losing goalkeeping coaches John Achterberg and Jack Robinson this summer. But Cláudio Taffarel is set to stay put and work on the staff of new head coach Arne Slot, who officially starts on June 1 after arriving from Feyenoord.

Liverpool.com says: Alisson is simply the best goalkeeper in the world. When it comes to his saves, his positioning and his ability to start attacks, he is the full package for the way that Klopp (and now Slot) want to play.