Adam Lallana has revealed that Liverpool’s pre-season camp in Germany has seen the players far more focused on football than they were in Hong Kong.
Liverpool’s pre-season preparations are starting to take the next step up over in Germany, according to Adam Lallana.
The Reds have already played their first match on the tour – a 3-0 victory over Hertha Berlin on Saturday afternoon – and have travelled to Bavaria where they will remain for the rest of the tour, taking on Bayern Munich on Tuesday and one of Napoli/Atletico Madrid the day after.
Lallana has admitted that while in Hong Kong the focus was mostly on team bonding, fulfilling commercial duties and gaining back their fitness, Germany has been a completely different kettle of fish.
“We had a tough day training on Friday but that’s pre-season. It isn’t meant to be easy,” he told the ECHO.
“Physically, it was very demanding but I thought the lads did as well as they could. There are bits that we probably need to work at. We have still got a couple of weeks left and it has been good out here in Germany. We have done a lot of sessions.
“When we were in Palo Alto (California) last year, we had a lot of commercial stuff to do, but we had done all that in Hong Kong this time. This has just been strictly football while we have been in Germany and that is what you want as a footballer.
“There are commercial demands and other parts that you have got to do but we are here to play football and we are fully focused on it. I’m sure it is great for the manager to get to spend 24 hours a day with us.”
The Reds have been regularly undergoing triple session training days – as they did in the States last summer – and even underwent two rigorous sessions the day before turning out against Berlin, hence only a select handful of the squad managing to play the entire 90 minutes.
Evidently, the extra fitness work has paid off with the Reds looking well prepared for their match against Bayern on Tuesday and going into the game undefeated in their five pre-season games so far.