Liverpool Already Preparing For 2020-21 Season — Klopp

By Daily Sports on June 1, 2020

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Jurgen Klopp says he is already preparing his players for next season as he expects the 2020-21 campaign to begin almost as soon as 2019-20 has finished.

Liverpool players began full contact training last week for the first time since the Premier League was shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic in March.

The Reds are 25 points clear at the top of the table and require just six more points to be certain of a first title in 30 years, with their first game back scheduled to be against Merseyside rivals Everton.

On Thursday the league revealed provisional plans to restart matches from June 17, with the UK government approving the return of professional sport from June 1 over the weekend.

That three month break has decimated the usual football calendar, with the postponement of Euro 2020 until next year giving leagues time over the summer to complete their domestic seasons.

The Premier League hope to complete all 92 remaining matches by the end of the July, with UEFA aiming to resume the Champions League and Europa League in August.

The 2020-21 season is then expected to begin in September in order to keep disruption to next year’s schedule to a minimum, leaving clubs with little or no time between seasons. That is certainly the outcome Klopp is planning for, as he wants his players to maintain their match sharpness throughout the summer. 

“We don’t have to be match-fit now,” he told Liverpool’s website. “We try it with increasing intensity, day by day, but we have to be fit on the 19th or 20th, whichever day they will give us against Everton, I think. That’s the moment when we want to be at 100 per cent.

“It’s roundabout three weeks until then, that’s good. We want to use that and we will. It’s our pre-season; how I said, we don’t expect a long break in between the seasons, so this is a very important period for us. We never had nine weeks without football training in our lives – since we played football, pretty much. That’s all different but interesting as well.

“We enjoy the situation, that’s really all good. It makes all the difference for us, to be honest, to come together and have this hour or two here together. You get this contact, feedback as well on the pitch directly, not via a computer or a screen. It’s a massive, massive lift.”

Though the return to training and resumption of matches is a first step towards normality post-lockdown, the way teams prepare and play matches will be wildly different. Strict hygiene and social distancing measures are in place at training grounds, while players are tested for Covid-19 twice a week.

“It’s [been] a massive organisational challenge, to be honest,” said Klopp. “What (first-team operations manager) 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. 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. (Goal)

•PHOTO: Jurgen Klopp

Source Daily Sports

Posted June 1, 2020


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