Former Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamann believes assistant manager Pep Lijnders’ off-field activities may have played a part in the Reds’ poor start to the season.
The Lowdown: Liverpool’s poor form continues
The Reds were pitiful on Wednesday evening, losing 4-1 away to Napoli in their Champions League opener and producing a terrible all-round performance.
A mini-dip in form is now starting to feel like a genuine crisis, with so many players out of sorts and the entire team lacking dynamism, cohesion and end product.
Lijnders has been a key deputy to Jurgen Klopp over the years and he had his own moment in the sun earlier in the summer, releasing a book titled ‘Pep Lijnders: Intensity – Inside Liverpool FC’.
The Latest: Hamann shocked by Lijnders’ book
Taking to Twitter on Thursday, Hamann revealed his bemusement at the 39-year-old’s decision to write the book, potentially giving away inside information:
“The alarm bells should have been ringing for @LFC 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 too sure.”
The Verdict: Fair accusation?
In some way, Lijnders’ decision to write a book was arguably needless while he is still at the club, suggesting that not everything is now kept within the confines of the Kirkby walls.
That being said, it seems harsh to blame Liverpool’s current plight on this and Klopp himself will no doubt have given his assistant his blessing beforehand, so Hamann’s words are perhaps a little over the top.
When things are not going right, it is easy to point fingers at different things – for a while, people blamed any poor form on former assistant Zeljko Buvac’s exit – but once the Reds hit top form again, the book will be completely forgotten about.
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