DOUBLE SESSIONS ARE SECRET TO SUCCESS: STURRIDGE
DANIEL STURRIDGE has revealed some of the secrets of Jurgen Klopp’s training methods which have seen Liverpool storm to the top of the Premier League. Klopp had a mixed time during his first season in charge, albeit with a squad assembled by Brendan Rodgers, as the Reds finished eighth in the league, 21 points off champions Leicester City. However, in less than four months into his first full season in charge, Klopp has led Liverpool to the Premier League summit with his impressive football, as the Anfield side have scored 30 goals in only 11 games – more than any other team in the league. And Sturridge insists the lack of European football has helped, with Liverpool’s double sessions with a strong emphasis on tactics appearing to be paying off. “It’s very tactical based,” Sturridge told the Liverpool Echo. “I couldn’t tell you the last time we played five-aside. Maybe the day after a game, the players who didn’t play will go four vs four, but we never really have small sided games,” he added. “We might do a shooting session but there’s a lot else going on with the passing that’s involved. You have to be on point. You need to be focused. You don’t want to be the one who messes it up.” (pix) the time that you get at club level,” the Liverpool midfielder added.
“You can’t prepare for a campaign as you would for a league over the course of the season. It’s not possible, so it’s a different challenge.
“I’m sure Gareth will want to take on that challenge and we are ready to fight for him in the matches.
is set to dash Chelsea’s hopes of a January swoop by signing a new contract with Juventus.
The Blues failed to sign Bonucci in the summer and despite renewing their interest he is set to snub them again.
Talks have been underway for weeks to extend the Italy defender’s contract and he is now expected to commit his future until 2021.
Antonio Conte is a huge fan of Bonucci, who is rated at more than £50m (RM265m) by Juventus, but is now casting his net wider for reinforcements.
Kurt Zouma came through another run-out for the Under-23s this week as he battles back from a knee ligament injury.
He is set to return to Conte’s squad for the first time in nine months against Middlesbrough a week on Sunday.
But that will not stop Chelsea trying to make a move for another centrehalf who can play in their new-look back three in January.
The Blues could return with another bid for AC Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli after missing out on him too in the summer.
But they are also set to go head to head with Tottenham for midfielder Milan Badelj, who is keen to leave Fiorentina in the winter window.
Reports in Italy suggest the 27year-old Croatian has even threatened to buy out his own contract in order to force through a move. – Daily Star Lallana