Please Wait . . .

Coutinho exit changed Liverpool’s transfer approach for the better – Lijnders
Dark Mode
Top Leagues
20-Jul-2020, 05:59 pm

Coutinho exit changed Liverpool’s transfer approach for the better – Lijnders


Philippe Coutinho Liverpool

The departure of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January 2018 changed Liverpool’s transfer approach for the better, says Pep Lijnders, with the Reds aware that they need to start retaining top talent in order to join a “top Europe” bracket.

Coutinho’s decision to go chasing a dream in Catalunya had come on the back of previous moves for the likes of Fernando Torres, Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez.

Liverpool knew they could not allow such talent to keep slipping through their net, with a conscious effort to avoid repeats in the recruitment market ultimately allowing them to become Champions League and Premier League winners.

Lijnders, who works as assistant manager to Jurgen Klopp at Anfield, told AD of how Coutinho’s sale forced Liverpool to change their ways: “Yes, that was a conscious strategy.

“The difference between 'top Europe' and 'sub-top Europe' is that 'top Europe' can keep its best players together for a longer period of time.

“Liverpool was still that sub-top in 2018. Players left because they could go a step higher.

“When we won the Champions League in 2019, we felt now we have to do everything we can to keep the group together. If it succeeds, that is the most important purchase.

“Sometimes you look for gold, but then it turns out you're on it. I also strongly believe in promoting young players. To get fresh blood into a team like that.

“That is my Dutch nature. And also my own experience as a trainer in the training of FC Porto. Trent Alexander-Arnold joined the youth academy and joined the team along the way, Joe Gomez ditto from Charlton.

“Now talents like Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott and Neco Williams are coming. You can do that if the core group of your team stays together for a longer period of time, and has the right mentality.”

Liverpool are still facing unwelcome speculation when it comes to top talents such as Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, but success on the field is helping to prevent heads from being turned.

The last 13 months have delivered an enviable haul of honours, with Lijnders picking out a run around the turn of the calendar as a moment which encapsulates what the Reds are all about.

He added: “I think first at the end of December.

“We were in Qatar for the World Club Cup and at the same time, we had to play in the League Cup against Aston Villa in England, which was no different than with a youth team.

“And when we returned from Qatar, we had to go straight to Leicester City on Boxing Day, who were second in the league at the time. How we played in Leicester back then by winning 4-0, I have never been so proud.”


Source : goal.com

Recommended News :

Betting

Mason Greenwood Manchester United 2019-20

Manchester United vs Copenhagen Betti...

Manchester United and Cophenhagen will go head-to-head for a place in the Eur...
Christian Eriksen, Inter

Inter vs Bayer Leverkusen Betting Tip...

Two former Europa League champions will vie for a place in the semi-finals wh...
Robert Lewandowski Serge Gnabry Bayern Munich 2019-20

Bayern Munich vs Chelsea Betting Tips...

Chelsea will be hoping to pull off a miraculous Champions League comeback whe...
Barcelona Lionel Messi

Barcelona vs Napoli Betting Tips: Lat...

Barcelona welcome Napoli to Camp Nou on Saturday evening as Quique Setien's m...
Leonardo Bonucci Moussa Dembele Lyon Juventus 2019-20

Juventus vs Lyon Betting Tips: Latest...

Juventus will be aiming to overturn a 1-0 deficit when they welcome Lyon to T...

Transfer

Bruno Fernandes Jadon Sancho Manchester United GFX

Sancho saga far from over as sluggish...

If we did not know it already, we do now - Jadon Sancho's potential move to M...
Jadon Sancho Manchester United GFX

'I think they are bluffing' - Sancho ...

Jadon Sancho will soon be a Manchester United player, with Borussia Dortmund ...
Jack Harrison Leeds 2019-20

Leeds re-sign Man City winger Harriso...

Leeds United have confirmed the signing of Manchester City winger Jack Harris...
Jadon Sancho Dortmund

'Go and get him, it's simple as that!...

Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester United have made a big mistake by failing t...
Jadon Sancho Borussia Dortmund 2019-20

'Sancho can make the difference' - Hu...

Mats Hummels says Jadon Sancho can be “the player who makes the difference” f...
image-top-scroll