John Achterberg and the road to the world top with Liverpool FC
Tom van Hulsen, writer of books including Game Changers (about the success story of Arnold Mühren and Frans Thijssen in England), this time delves into the world of John Achterberg. The former goalkeeper of Tranmere Rovers is a renowned goalkeeping coach of Liverpool FC, where he has been working since 2009.
Van Hulsen intensely followed Achterberg for several years, visited the city of Liverpool, saw many matches of the club and spoke extensively with those involved, including Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp. He has written down his experiences in a light-hearted manner with special attention for the remarkable vision of John Achterberg regarding goalkeeper training, in which focusing on the details is key.
A Mersey Mission discusses not only the past and present of Liverpool FC and English football in general, but more specifically the life and career of John Achterberg, who saw his long journey from the Bokkenbuurt in Utrecht to Anfield stadium in Liverpool rewarded with winning the Champions League, the European Super Cup, the Club World Cup, the League Cup, the FA Cup and the Premier League.