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Quiz Night Drives Squad Bonding in Austria

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Losers had to do a forfeit dance, which was enjoyed only by Ox it seems.

Liverpool Pre-Season Training Session Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Liverpool senior players took a break from their preseason training, and joined club staff across all departments for a quiz night in Salburg, Austria, meant to facilitate team bonding.

Jurgen Klopp revealed a few details on what went down.

”Billy Hogan was in my team as well! Each department of the club was represented pretty much, it was great. I was really happy that I had Matt McCann [director of first team communications]...and Caoimhin Kelleher in the team otherwise we would have struggled, a lot”, Klopp said.

His team came third and he got lucky. Because the ones that didn’t, had to perform a forfeit dance, snippets of which Mohamed Salah posted on his Instagram story.

“We came third, which was really important because being eighth last night was a tough one. Only [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain] Ox enjoyed the [forfeit] dance, pretty much all the others felt slightly awkward!” Klopp added.

He emphasized the importance of these activities to build relationships within the squad - across age groups and personalities. Those relationships can then translate on the pitch, where seamless communication is key.

“You do that, the groups are mixed through - young players, older players with staff members and all these kinds of things. You have to do these things to have a little story to tell, it’s nice.

“Creating common memories is important. When we speak about that we think about big games. But big games start in moments like this.”