Jürgen Klopp explains why he flew his Liverpool side out to Spain for a training camp with the Champions League final set to take place next week Sunday.
With a 4-0 win over Brighton at Anfield at the weekend, Liverpool wrapped up the 2017/18 Premier League season in style. The three points ensured that the Reds confirmed their place in the Champions League for consecutive seasons for the first time since 2009.
After giving his players two days of rest, Klopp took his squad for a warm-weather training camp in Spain. The Merseysiders have used the same venue in Marbella before and are looking for similar results.
The last time Liverpool trained in Marbella, they returned to England on a good note with a 4-1 win over West Ham in the league.
Although the stakes are significantly higher with the Champions League final their next game, Klopp is confident that the training camp will be a success and is already convinced he made the right choice.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com after the first session, Klopp said: “It’s about being together, having nothing else to do and not thinking about anything else – and then having a little rest.
“We have a few things to do. We have time to prepare for the game, which we want to do. We have time to recharge our batteries, and that’s what we’ll do.
We’re in a very nice surrounding, but we’re not here because of the weather – it was not the reason to say we don’t go to the south because the weather in England has been good as well – but too many things; too many people want too many things from us in the moment.“
Klopp is glad that the training camp offers his coaching staff the opportunity to rest, recover and remove them from distractions that might be present back the UK.
The German continued: “Here, we can close the door when we are in the hotel or on the training ground – and that’s the reason we’re here.
“After one little session, which was mainly a recovery, I know already it was the right decision again.”