Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders believes the impossible pursuit of perfection has driven the club to their current position as the Premier League’s best.
The Reds have run away with the Premier League this season, dropping just five points in 29 matches as they opened up a 25-point gap over defending champions Manchester City before the suspension of all football due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Their quest for a first top-flight title in 30 years remains on hold due to the ongoing uncertainty but Lijnders stressed the protocols and practices put in place during Jurgen Klopp’s near five-year tenure means the club are now perfectly positioned, having missed out to City by just a point last season.
“The departments, how they evolved over the last four or five years, they all search for perfection knowing that perfection doesn’t exist,” Lijnders told liverpoolfc.com.
“See how our pitches are prepared each day by our ground staff… these things make us consistent.
“Each department is searching for and has the ambition and passion. I believe that only comes first from your leader and second, that it’s trust and everybody wants to give one per cent more, so the team is better prepared for the next game.
“I think we made big, big steps in this. A big compliment for each department.”
Earlier this month Liverpool set a new top-flight record of 22 successive home victories, extending their unbeaten league record at Anfield to 55 matches.
It is no coincidence the club’s upturn in fortunes, which has brought one domestic and three European finals – the second of which resulted in their Champions League success in June – has coincided with the appointment of Klopp.
They added to that this season with victory in the European Super Cup and the Club World Cup, the one trophy which had evaded them.
Everything revolves around the charismatic German, whose larger-than-life personality has the effect of lifting all those who work with him and energising them to excel.
“He is very intelligent. His brain works differently to many others, that’s for sure. Each day he surprises me – and we worked how long together? Four-and-a-half or five years. He changes perception in five minutes,” added Lijnders.
“We really feel that we are a team. We prepare together, we plan together, we act together, we coach together.
“I’m responsible for the training process, Peter (Krawietz) is really responsible for the analysis of the opposition and analysis of our team.
“All the ideas Jurgen has and the way he wants to set up and be competitive in each game, we just try to support him in the best way possible.
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