New 32-year-old member of Brendan Rodgers’ first-team backroom staff named

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Be honest… Had any of you heard of Pepijn Lijnders before you read this article?

Whether you had or you hadn’t, the 32-year-old Dutchman is on the verge of signing a contract to become a member of the first-team backroom staff, according to Tony Barrett in the Times.

Ljinders currently coaches the Under-16s, but his wonderful one-on-one coaching with the starlets has convinced the club to give him a chance with the professionals.

With Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh victims of our poor season in 2014/15, Liverpool need to employ a new assistant for Rodgers and a number of first-team coaches as well before pre-season training kicks off.

While fans are more concerned about signing players, compiling an effective coaching team is almost as important.

Ljinders has previously worked at Ajax, before coaching FC Porto’s first-team. Highly rated work with the two European giants earned him a switch to Melwood, and we wish him every luck as he prepares to make the step up.

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