‘I made this silly decision’
JURGEN KLOPP (caricature) has toughened up his approach to Liverpool’s training intensity since his arrival. The German boss is undertaking his first full season in charge having replaced Brendan Rodgers in October last year. During his first campaign in charge, Jurgen Klopp gave those who weren’t representing their country during the international break some extended time off. But after realising how busy the Premier League schedule is, particularly over the festive period, the Liverpool boss has changed his approach by ensuring his team only have a couple of days to recover before continuing with training. This week, the likes of Joel Matip, James Milner, Emre Can, Dejan Lovren, Lucas Leiva, Loris Karius and Alberto Moreno have all been given days off and will return at the end of this week, the Liverpool Echo report.
And with Liverpool top of the Premier League after 11 matches, Klopp is keen to begin preparations for their next fixture against Southampton sooner than he would’ve done during his early days on Merseyside.
“I don’t need a break but we won’t have a lot of players here,” Klopp said.
“When I came here the players had a few days off. I changed it and said: ‘How can they have three or four days off or something?’
“It was a silly decision. It’s only because I was not used to it. Now we are proper English coaches, we know about the fixtures, the intensity of the next few months.
“Each possibility for a little break, you have to use. That’s what we have to do. They still have a programme – to train and stay fit. Not all of them can go wherever they want because if you’re a bit injured you have to be here.
“But a real training session does not make sense with five or six players. A few days off and then we’ll start again.” – Express Newspapers