‘How was he allowed to do that?’: Jurgen Klopp’s No.2 Pepijn Lijnders is under scrutiny for writing a book on Liverpool’s tactics – exposed in the humiliating 4-1 game against Napoli – as Dietmar Hamann says: ‘ Alarm bells should be ringing.”
- Liverpool assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders is suspected of having written a book
- Jurgen Klopp’s No. 2 has written a book “Intensity: Inside Liverpool” about their tactics
- The Reds were faced with a tough 4-1 defeat by Napoli in the Champions League
- Former Liverpool ace Dietmar Hamann insists “alarm bells” should be ringing
Former midfielder Dietmar Hamann has criticized Pepijn Lijnders for publishing a book about Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side while he was still working at Anfield.
The Reds have started the new season underperforming as they are currently seventh in the Premier League and have won just twice in their first six games.
Things went from bad to worse in the Champions League opener as they were humiliated with a heavy 4-1 defeat by Serie A’s Napoli, exposing Liverpool’s lack of intensity and suspect defense this season.
Liverpool were humiliated when they suffered a 4-1 defeat by Napoli in the Champions League
Dietmar Hamann has criticized Pepijn Lijnders for publishing a book about Jürgen Klopp’s side
Jurgen Klopp’s side were blown away in Napoli, conceding two penalties in the first half and falling 4-0 after 47 minutes.
Liverpool struggled on and Luis Diaz struck back with a consolation goal but it was a terrible night for the Reds in Italy which has drawn criticism of the manager and his players for a poor start to the season.
However, Hamann, who made 283 appearances for Liverpool between 1999 and 2006, blames Klopp’s No. 2 Lijnders for the potential sinking.
Lijnders has published a book called ‘Intensity: Inside Liverpool FC’ which details ‘first-hand expert insight into everything from training to tactics to team talks’.
Lijnders has published a book ‘Intensity: Inside Liverpool FC’ which gives an insight into the tactics
He is unlikely to have revealed all of the Reds’ secrets but the Germany midfielder insists ‘the alarm bells should be ringing’ and asks why Klopp’s assistant was allowed to publish such a book while he was still working at the club.
Hamann tweeted: “Alarm bells should have gone off for Liverpool fans when the current assistant manager wrote a book while still employed by the club.
“How he was allowed to do it, I’m not sure.”
Former Liverpool midfielder Hamann questions why Lijnders was allowed to publish the book
A book certainly won’t be the only reason for Liverpool’s drop in form and intensity and there are so many other issues.
Intensity, suspect defense and a huge injury list are what lead most people to suspect that problems currently lie with Liverpool – so Klopp is hoping to be a few more fit in the coming weeks.
The Reds will host Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday as they look to get their season back on track by chasing down the leaders.