Liverpool assistant Pep Ljinders’ influence has been questioned by some Reds fans in recent weeks, while Jamie Carragher has claimed that Liverpool ‘no longer look like a Jurgen Klopp team’.
“This is not a Jurgen Klopp team I’m watching anymore.”
That was Jamie Carragher’s verdict after Liverpool produced another disappointing display against Brentford on Monday night.
The Reds were put to the sword by the Bees, who ran riot against Liverpool’s fragile defence to claim a famous 3-1 victory at the GTech Community Stadium. Intriguingly, Thomas Frank’s side were without their top-scorer and talisman, Ivan Toney – but didn’t prevent them from tearing through a Liverpool side that have looked uncharacteristically brittle this season.
Just months after the Reds fell short at the final hurdle in their bid for an unprecedented quadruple, Liverpool’s irrepressible team suddenly look alarmingly mortal. Already, the Premier League title appears to be beyond them – and now more and more people are beginning to question the influence of Klopp’s assistant, Pep Ljinders.