‘I made this silly decision’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

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

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