Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders has dismissed any speculation that he will take over from Jurgen Klopp as Reds manager in 2024. The Dutchman has emerged as a key figure behind the Reds’ success over the past 18 months.
The Reds are on fire in the Premier League and are still unbeaten after the first half of the campaign.
Having raced to a 13-point lead at the top of the table, they are looking likely to win their maiden Premier League crown.
Their form saw Klopp rewarded with a new long-term contract at Anfield, keeping him at the Champions League holders until 2024.
Naturally, speculation has already begun over who could possibly take over from the popular German if he chooses to leave the club after the expiry of his new deal.
One name hotly mentioned is Lijnders, who has been instrumental in Liverpool’s success in recent years and is now Klopp’s right-hand man.
However, the Dutchman seems to have no interest in taking over, as he heaped praise on Klopp while thanking him for giving him a chance in English football.
“It makes me proud but it’s not realistic because it’s not important at this moment in time,” he told The Athletic.
“My only ambition is to support Jurgen and our project in the best way possible.