Jurgen Klopp took his players out to enjoy Barcelona take on Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League last night, but what was he really doing there?
According to the Liverpool Echo, Klopp took his players to the Camp Nou to give his players a chance to bond while enjoying a live Champions League game. The bonding expedition is part of a two-day training camp which saw the Liverpool first-team squad travel to Barcelona.
As much as it is undeniable that Klopp’s team is founded on team unity and spirit and that the German coach continuously looks to promote that, there may have been something else on his agenda.
Barcelona won 4-0 on the evening, with Gladbach offering little in resistance, but I am sure that Klopp had other things in mind. Or rather, one particular player.
In the summer transfer window, Liverpool were highly interested in signing Mahmoud Dahoud but Granit Xhaka’s move to Arsenal was a complication in a deal which never materialised.
Dahoud, Gladbach’s young star, is a player who would suit Liverpool very much, with his energy and brilliant distribution being traits that appeal to Klopp. The Liverpool squad’s trip to the Camp Nou may have been a way for Klopp to surreptitiously watch Dahoud in person, as a scout’s report can only tell you so much about a player.
With the January transfer window looming ahead and reports regarding Dahoud few and far between, it may well be that the playmaker isn’t a Liverpool target but if he were, Klopp couldn’t have chosen a worse game to watch – Barcelona were dominant throughout the game and Gladbach didn’t threaten Jasper Cillessen’s goal very often.
Was Klopp acting as his own scout? Or was he just taking the lads out for a night of entertaining footy? Let us know what you think in the comment section down below.