A typical pre-season for Liverpool sees the club start out in England before heading off to either America or Asia for a week and ten returning to Europe for their final preparations, but summer of 2020 could see a change to that.
At least according to The Athletic, who claim that at Jürgen Klopp’s request the Reds will not leave the continent this summer in an effort to ensure they have the best chance at defending their now seemingly certain Premier League crown.
In the past, Klopp has trained that taking his players across the ocean for pre-season is better for marketing than it is for the players’ preparations and represents an unnecessary drain and distraction ahead of the new season.
And after a long, gruelling season and with the Euros and Copa America scheduled for this summer alongside the Olympics and next January’s Africa Cup of Nations, Klopp is more worried than ever about his players’ mental and physical fitness.
It’s worth noting, of course, that plans could change or the information could prove to be inaccurate, but if as appears likely Liverpool remain in Europe it would be the first time in a decade they haven’t embarked on a pre-season tour.