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The Annual Liverpool Pre-Season Lactate Test: Who Survived?

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Obviously James Milner, of course.

Nathaniel Phillips, Curtis Jones, Rhys Williams and Naby Keita of Liverpool during a training session on July 12, 2021 in Austria.
Nathaniel Phillips, Curtis Jones, Rhys Williams and Naby Keita of Liverpool during a training session on July 12, 2021 in Austria.
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For those players who have already reported to Liverpool’s pre-season training camp in picturesque Austria, the toughest test may have already come and gone.

The fitness camp traditionally begins with the dreaded lactate test, which pushes players to show the extent of their endurance by increasing speed over time.

While the images (below) capture a lot of smiles, traditionally it is the unstoppable (and ageless) James Milner who steals the show. For our part, though, it’s exciting to see the Reds back in action together as the initial 34-man training camp takes shape.

Want to know more about what will happen over pre-season? You might check out Mo Stewart’s in-depth read of manager Jürgen Klopp’s potential agenda for Liverpool.com. For now, though, take a moment to enjoy the scenes:

Mohamed Salah,Sadio Mane, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kostas Tsimikas form a group of runners.
Mohamed Salah,Sadio Mane, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kostas Tsimikas form a group of runners.
Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images
Klopp goes all “yer da” and captures the scenes on his phone’s camera. We’re off and running.
Klopp goes all “yer da” and captures the scenes on his phone’s camera. We’re off and running.
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Salah all smiles after returning from his much-pictured holiday.
Salah all smiles after returning from his much-pictured holiday.
Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images
Trent went with his “normal” hair after asking the important questions on his socials.
Trent went with his “normal” hair after asking the important questions on his socials.
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One man (a grinning Klopp) is having just the best time.
One man is having just the best time.
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Ben Davies, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Divock Origi and Marko Grujic having a go.
Ben Davies, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Divock Origi and Marko Grujic having a go.
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Curtis Jones, flanked by Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams, making up the 2020/21 youngster grouping.
Curtis Jones, flanked by Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams, making up the 2020/21 youngster grouping.
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Nat Phillips reacts to what has just happened.
Nat Phillips reacts to what has just happened.
Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images
James Milner walks Takumi Minamino (who exists!) through the highlights.
James Milner walks Takumi Minamino (who exists!) through the highlights.
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Klopp congratulates the fellas for a job well done.
Klopp congratulates the fellas for a job well done.
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Virgil van Dijk,James Milner, Takumi Minamino and Joel Matip during a training session. The fellas had a go with Mr. Lactate Test himself.
Virgil van Dijk,James Milner, Takumi Minamino and Joel Matip during a training session. The fellas had a go with Mr. Lactate Test himself.
Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

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