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Klopp Talk: Training Has Been a Massive Organisational Challenge

The boss talks about training in the time of Covid-19

Liverpool Training Session Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

The Premier League is almost back, whether you want it or not, and Liverpool have been in steady preparations to finally (finally!!) win the league. Pep Lijnders already gave us a training update this week, but the club’s official website sat down with the boss to talk about how he feels now that everyone is together again.

“It’s absolutely brilliant, a massive difference,” Klopp said. “The weather is just outstanding, it means all the things we have to do outside – we don’t have changing rooms here, that makes it all slightly difficult – but with the weather it’s absolutely no problem, it’s rather nice to do it this way.

“So, we enjoy it a lot. We could work on all the things we wanted to work on. The first week was already really good with the small groups, I enjoyed that as well, because it was just important to get on track again, to get used to the pitch and ball and boots and all that stuff. And now we work on tactical things, that works really well.

When asked about all the preparation that’s gone into strictly regulating temperatures, making sure social distancing regulations are being followed, and keeping everything as sanitised as possible, Klopp had nothing but praise for the Melwood staff.

“It’s [been] a massive organisational challenge, to be honest,” he said. “What Ray Haughan did in that department is unbelievable – where we can park, where we can walk and all that stuff.

“When you make the step from 10 players of two groups of five, to nearly 30, that’s massive. And we still have to stick to the same things. So, we are fully concentrated when we come in here, let me say it like this; that we do the right things, that we get the temperature tested and all these things. It’s not like it usually is.

“It’s completely fine but it’s just when you come here it’s not like, ‘Yippee!’ – you think, ‘Where do I have to drive, where is somebody who gets my temperature?’ and all that stuff. That’s how it is in the moment.”

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