Jurgen Klopp’s ‘characters’ claim as Liverpool boss establishes preseason law

Jurgen Klopp wants the “characters” to step up, in a unique summer where Liverpool will be stuck in training camp for an entire month.

Quarantine issues forced the Reds to abandon their original plan for their usual preseason break and instead stay in a bubble in Austria for the entire month.

“The pandemic is still here, so we can’t just say, ‘OK, go for a while’ – we’ve got to pretty much stay in a bubble the entire time,” he explained.

“Planning for the preseason was incredibly difficult. During the summer vacation everything changed, and it was really tricky.

“So we’re staying now for four weeks, and it’s really, really weird. I’ve never done it before.

“There are times when the boys aren’t entertained by us, and then you need the characters.

“They all need to step up their efforts, I told the boys this morning that they are all responsible.

“Not just the old ones, not just the more experienced – everyone is responsible for a good mood here.”

Klopp believes this will give his side a chance to bond, as they plan a resurgence this season, after a campaign that has fallen short of their recent standards, despite a third place finish in the Premier League.



Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during a training session on July 15th

Players like Mo Salah and Sadio Mane have had their first real break in two years, and Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are now back after extended periods of injury leave.

They will be joined in a fortnight by the Euro and Copa America service internationals, and Klopp says the experience can help them grow stronger.

“I’ve never been in such a situation – 28 days is really long. But it’s also good. We have enough time to train, we have enough time to talk,” he said. declared.

“And when the Euro and Copa players return, we hope to be able to bring them in without quarantine. It was all important.

“That we can be together in the bubble, fly like a bubble together in England [so] that we don’t have to quarantine ourselves there. So we have to be creative and everyone is responsible for keeping the mood going. “

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