Pep Lijnders doesn’t see Liverpool’s “special trip” ending anytime soon thanks to the confidence Jurgen Klopp’s assistant has in the squad’s mentality and quality.
The Reds played every game possible in a 2021/22 season as gigantic as it was unforgettable, with Carabao Cup and FA Cup glory raising hopes of a quadruple they just eluded.
Manchester City guided Liverpool for the Premier League crown on the final day of play before Real Madrid beat them 1-0 in the Champions League final at the Stade de France.
Lijnders has shared the inside story of this rollercoaster season in his new book ‘Intensity’ and, on the eve of the 2022-23 season, underscored his confidence that this exciting period at Anfield will continue.
“I hope fans get a little bit prouder when they read the book,” he told the PA news agency.
“That they get a little more insight, that they see the game a little differently when they’re in the stands, that they cheer a little more because they know how important they are to us.
“That they never underestimate their importance and that they cherish this part of Liverpool Football Club, this era, because we are on a special journey together and we need to cherish that.
“We’re really happy with the deal we’ve done and we’re really happy with the players we have.
“If Liverpool Football Club has shown in the past and now that our players are getting better, our young players are getting better, our older players are getting better and together they can become unbeatable.
“As long as they play with that mindset and with that fight and that hunger to fight for each other, the future is really bright.”
This summer, the popular Sadio Mane ended a successful six-year spell at Anfield to join Bayern Munich, while Divock Origi, Takumi Minamino and Neco Williams also left.
Teenagers Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay have joined Liverpool, as has Benfica frontman Darwin Nunez in their marquee summer move.
The deal could reach a club record £85m and the Uruguay forward has made a promising early impression, including a goal in Saturday’s Community Shield 3-1 win over Manchester City.
“Each player will influence the attacks differently,” said Lijnders. “Luis (Diaz) isn’t like Sadio, or Harvey (Elliott) isn’t like Mo (Salah), or Thiago isn’t like Millie [James Milner].
“It’s all fine because as long as we’re all playing in the same direction and where we want to go.
“We play to create, we play to score and I think Darwin is an asset in that, so he is and will be a different weapon.”
Nunez will play a key role this season as Liverpool look to add more silverware in this medal-heavy spell under Klopp, whose side open their Premier League campaign at newly promoted Fulham on Saturday.
“The good thing is if you read through the book you will see how much time I bring back to create that winning mentality at the club – where the team and staff only see the next game,” said Lijnders.
“In that case it’s Fulham now and we’re really gearing up for Fulham as a final, maybe an even bigger final than the Community Shield and that mentality makes us not look any further ahead.
“Of course we can talk a lot about what happened in those games (last season) and where we can improve, but that’s not important now.
“Now it’s important that we prepare as well as we can for Fulham and see that as a cup final.”
Liverpool have plenty of cup finals ahead of them if they keep that mentality under Klopp, who extended his contract until 2026 in April along with assistants Peter Krawietz and Lijnders.
“What can I say about our relationship? He’s my football mentor,” the latter said of Klopp. “He’s the one I’ve learned so much from.
“He gave me a chance to develop and become more important within the setup and I can only speak highly (of him) but a lot of people do.”