Pep Lijnders’ Pre-Match Press Conference: Liverpool vs Leicester City

27th September 2023

It was Pep Lijnders, Liverpool's assistant manager, who spoke to the media today ahead of Liverpool's third-round against Championship leaders, , on Wednesday at 19:45 pm (UK time).

The Dutch assistant coach has spoken to the media before domestic cup games on several occasions in the past and did so today as he spoke on the likes of 's form, the fitness of and the sort of team will field against Leicester City.

While Núñez is expected to be rested with the game against on the horizon, Lijnders took time from the press conference to praise the Uruguayan for his good form this season.

“Compliments to Darwin, the fans love. He has this mentality to run and fight and arrive in positions no-one thinks he can,” he said. “Important he stepped up offensive and defensively, nice to see him starting games. A pure intuition player. He smells goals."

He added: " at Newcastle, it would change any players' life. How he made 2 goals from nothing. It has given him confidence. He needs that. He speaks better English, he invests a lot in himself. A player with confidence or without is a different player."

Liverpool have had to cope without Trent Alexander-Arnold for the last two games but Lijnders announced that the exceptional is back in full training but was unsure on whether he'd be ready for a cameo on Wednesday night.

“Trent trained yesterday with us but it was just in the rondo and the ball possession with the counter-pressing, but he was outstanding.

“You see him instantly, of course. He is with the team training, I am not sure if he will be ready, we will see today.”

Lijnders was tight-lipped on what the potential starting line-up could be but I wouldn't be surprised if makes another start for Liverpool while rests and makes his full debut after coming on against West Ham in Liverpool's 3-1 over the weekend.

Share This Article
Live Liverpool FC News
cross linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram