Pep Lijnders: Intensity: Inside Liverpool FC
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The book follows an incredible season where LFC played every possible match in all competitions so it really is a perfect season to receive an insight into. This book was however a disappointment. While for the team the diary may have been meaningful, for those on the outside reading it, it was just a collection of events with no clear theme. Writing was basic. Pepijn "Pep" Lijnders (born 24 January 1983) is a Dutch football manager. He is an assistant manager of Premier League club Liverpool.
Man United drop HUGE hint that Jadon Sancho's time at the club is OVER... with fans convinced outcast has been omitted from team photoOUR IDENTITY IS INTENSITY," declares Liverpool FC assistant-manager Pep Lijnders in this compelling account of the 2021/22 season, and from the very first chapter he takes us on a footballing thrill-ride we will never forget. David de Gea posts a cryptic thinking emoji on social media just hours after reports emerge 'Man United are plotting a sensational swoop for goalkeeper' Long before Liverpool reached last season’s Champions League final, preparations for a possible showdown in Madrid were being made by Pepijn “Pep” Lijnders. The semi-final against Barcelona had not been played but Jürgen Klopp’s assistant was already contemplating the ideal preparation. He thought about inviting a team who could mimic Ajax’s or Tottenham’s style, to give Liverpool an idea of what they could expect if they overcame Barça.
And for the rest of the fans, the book feels like a codified version of the nostalgia that we all remember from that season, but crucially with an added perspective from the inside. It reveals the club’s day-to-day operations and what the people inside the management were thinking during that season, which shows a lot about the overall atmosphere, the dynamism within the club, the synergy between owner-director-manager, the players’ relationship, all the way to Jürgen’s special relationship with the fans (and his fist-pumps).It is a diary and coaching manual in one, written with Klopp’s full support, in which the development of young talent like Alexander-Arnold clearly underpins Lijnders’s unbridled passion for the job. Gareth Southgate’s use of a player with 14 starts for England has long been a bewilderment to the Liverpool management team but Lijnders is convinced the defender will only improve this season. Although they eventually “only” won the FA cup and the Carabao Cup, it was the first time in history that an English club have a shot at a potential quadruple (winning all 4 trophies) and they do so by breaking numerous records along the way. So how did they do it?