Who is Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders? Coach who oversaw Trent Alexander-Arnold progress in for Jurgen Klopp

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Who is Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders? Coach who oversaw Trent Alexander-Arnold progress in for Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool will have a different face at the touchline for their huge Premier League clash against Chelsea.

Jurgen Klopp has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be in isolation to travel to Stamford Bridge – so who is his assistant Pep Legenders?

Pep Legends will be in charge of Liverpool with Klopp out

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Pep Legends will be in charge of Liverpool with Klopp out

Liverpool said in a statement: “Jurgen Klopp will miss Liverpool’s Premier League meeting with Chelsea on Sunday after returning a suspected positive COVID-19 test result.

“The Reds manager, who reported mild symptoms prior to the fixture, is now isolating.

“Assistant Manager Pepijn Legends will lead the team for kick-off at Stamford Bridge at 4.30pm GMT.”

Who is Liverpool’s assistant manager Pep Legenders?

Pepijn ‘Pep’ Lijnders is the current assistant manager of Liverpool, having been at the club since 2018.

Legenders was born in Brokhuizen, Holland in January 1983, making him 38 years old.

The Dutchman began his coaching career at PSV Eindhoven and then Porto in 2006, before joining Liverpool in 2014 to work under Brendan Rodgers.

He initially left the Reds in January 2018 to take a managerial job at the Dutch second tier NEC, but was sacked later in May that year as he failed to secure promotion to the Eredivisie.

Legends then returned to Liverpool a month later and worked as part of the coaching staff to win their sixth Champions League title in 2019 and their first league title in 20 years in 2020.

Liverpool described Legenders as “a thoughtful student of the game”, who had helped oversee the progress of stars Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn.

Lijenders and Klopp during Liverpool training in Melwood

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Lijenders and Klopp during Liverpool training in Melwood

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