Having failed to turn their stint in La Manga into a result against Leicester City, Liverpool are planning another warm weather training camp in March as Jürgen Klopp looks to salvage something from a campaign that started so brightly and has now faded so badly.
With an international break at the end of March, Klopp will be taking anyone not on international duty off to Tenerife for a few days of practice away from Merseyside. This would also be a repeat a training trip Liverpool took to the Spanish island last March.
Then, Klopp was rewarded with a strong finish to the season, one that nearly ended with European silverware. This time, he will need a similarly strong response, but in the league, where Liverpool’s one time title challenge has turned into fading top four hopes.
Liverpool looked title favourites in November, then, despite fading somewhat, the only side positioned to challenge Chelsea in December. After that, though, a fading December turned into a disastrous January that in turn led to an equally bad February.
The Reds have won just once in the league in 2017, and in total have earned just six points in seven games. They ended 2016 with 43 points, and two months later they have just 49 and are just a point above Manchester United in sixth. And United have a game in hand.
Meanwhile, they’ve been knocked out of the FA Cup by Wolves and were embarrassed by Southampton over two legs in the EFL Cup semi-finals. Things haven’t been good, and the brief signs of life shown in a victory over Tottenham look little more than a false dawn.
Hopefully, then, a trip to Tenerife will be the answer to whatever it is that is ailing a side that not too long ago looked world beaters—or at the very least one of the Premier League’s top outfits.