I’m sure you’ve heard tell of some folks in matching red outfits congregating in and around a little Spanish outpost called La Manga. You’ve seen pictures of them together riding bicycles, perhaps. Maybe a little video or two of them kicking balls around, smiling and generally looking like a happy, healthy professional team. I’ve seen them, too. Spoiler alert: it’s Liverpool.
Jürgen Klopp brought the team to Spain for a break from their norm in an effort to provide a mental rest for the players and to take the opportunity to iron out some tactical deficiencies and to hone those good vibes that so surrounded us all in the first half of the season.
“It was all about getting the confidence in training,” said Klopp, “and doing the things we want to be good in and were good in. And I thought the Tottenham game showed already that we are still capable of doing things like this. But now we have to bring consistency. We know this.
“[There are] a lot of things you could already say about this season, a lot of good things and a few not so good things, but at the end we have the chance in thirteen games to really reach something special. And that’s what we are working on.”
Expectations will be high and through the roof when Liverpool plays Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in ten days. The decisive win against Tottenham and the subsequent two week lull in competitive action will have us all chopping at the bit to see the another Liverpool show of dominance when the Premier League kicks off again. Thankfully, that’s just what Klopp has in mind.
“Coming back then and having another week to prepare for the Leicester game and the rest of the games, Arsenal and all that stuff, that’s good and hopefully everyone can see after this.
“It’s a little preseason. It’s only four days, a proper preseason camp is maybe nine days but that’s for a whole season and this is only for thirteen games. So it’s exactly the right time. We should use it.”