Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has tipped Pepijn Lijnders for a successful managerial career of his own in the future.
Lijnders has impressed since arriving on Merseyside in 2014 after seven years at Porto.
He tutored the Under-16s squad for his first 12 months with Liverpool before graduating to the role of first team development coach.
Linders retained the position when Klopp took over at Anfield and has since taken on further responsibilities as part of the German’s coaching staff, providing a link between the club’s two training bases at Melwood and Kirkby.
“Yes, 100 per cent,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com when asked if Lijnders would become a manager in his own right. “No doubt, no doubt.
“But what I really like is that he’s smart enough to think ‘OK, it’s not the time for it’, even when there are younger managers around the world.
“It’s a long way to go and he can still get a lot of information from us and I like how he takes it.
“I think in different parts he has good teachers with us, and we like doing it actually.
“He’s much younger than we are so at one moment we will stop and he’ll be ready to stand with his own feet, and I’m really looking forward to it already, watching the games when he’s on the sideline and can give all his power – and there’s a lot of power – to his team.”