James Winstone discusses how Liverpool’s training in Spain at their La Manga base has affected Jürgen Klopp’s players.
After an astounding 2-0 win against Tottenham in our last fixture, Jürgen Klopp recognised we had didn’t have any fixtures for the next two weeks and therefore took that time and used it to his advantage. He took the Liverpool squad to La Manga training camp in Spain where they took part in a variety of team-building exercises.
They took part in activities like five-a-side football with a forfeit, cycling, cardio work, ball control work and various other activities.
All of these activities and good training facilities can improve any squad and quotes from our players have shown that the trip was a success.
The Reds boss was quoted describing La Manga in a good way, saying, “It was a proper camp. Circumstances there are really good for a football camp.”
Kevin Stewart also found this trip to be worthwhile as he told the official Liverpool site, “Out there, we played hard and did fun things but we worked hard as well and had a lot of sessions.”
Thanks to Liverpool having no European football, we’ve had these two weeks to recharge our batteries after a tough season so far. This game-less period is a marked contrast to the previous month when we played 10 games in 32 days.
Other teams who have had football in either Europe or the English cups will be either low on morale from bowing out of their competition or tired from going through in it. Leicester had a 2-1 loss in a big Champions League game against last year’s Europa League winners so this should play out to our advantage on Monday.
Spurs’ exit from the Europa League gives them just the league and FA Cup to focus on and with the Gunners likely to follow thanks to their thrashing by Bayern Munich 5-1 from only the first leg of their Champions League tie, the race for the top four looks set to become even more focused.
La Manga could prove to be crucial for us if these teams start to pick up form after they drop out of their completions outside the league as we will have had the time to replenish the energy and stress levels in the camp amongst our squad. I have no doubt we will have the upper hand for the rest of the season with this.
Recently speaking ahead of Monday night’s clash with Leicester after the La Manga trip, Klopp was quoted as saying, “It’s our job to do well and we know this. We have to be spot on Monday night and play the best football we are able to do.
“We expect a lot from us. We want to go there and be good, organised and we want to win the game.”
So, it is clear that this trip has been successful but there’s only one way to find out if our squad really has improved and that opportunity is at Leicester’s King Power stadium tonight.
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