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Lijnders stuns Klopp after quitting Liverpool

Pepijn Lijnders has stunned Liverpool by choosing to leave this week.

The Mirror says he has left with immediate effect to join Dutch second-tier club NEC Nijmegen as the first-team manager.

Lijnders - who has also had spells with PSV Eindhoven and Porto - was highly rated within the corridors of power at Anfield and Melwood, and his departure will come as a blow to Jurgen Klopp.

Speaking on the Reds' official website, Klopp said: “It's such a strange mix of emotions talking about Pep leaving us.

“Firstly, I am gutted to be losing such a valuable member of our coaching team and such a brilliant person from our group.

“But that is tempered by the fact I am very excited for him to have this opportunity and as much as we would have loved for him to remain with us, we cannot stand in his way for what is a fantastic opportunity."

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