This season has seen the very first Premier League winter break. The English top flight took a fortnight off in order to allow players time to rest and recuperate ahead of the final chunk of the season. Jordan Henderson has talked up the benefits of the winter break, serving a warning to Liverpool’s opponents.
There was much made of Liverpool’s approach to the rest period.
With The Reds facing Shrewsbury Town in an FA Cup replay, Jürgen Klopp defiantly refused to field his first team, insisting that they would be respecting the break as instructed.
Although there was certainly an evident loss of rhythm when the lads edged past Norwich over the weekend, the pause in the middle of the season should do Liverpool the world of good.
Jordan Henderson is certainly of the belief that the winter break is great for the squad, with the Mirror reporting that he said of the initiative:
“The amount of games we play means it is good to rest the body and the brain, especially when there are competitions in the summer as well.
“You can’t stop completely, you can’t do that. You don’t stop training as such but it is more the mental side, keeping training but getting refreshed mentally. It is about getting the break and being ready for that final push of the season.”
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This break arguably benefits Liverpool more than most.
The Reds are one of the most intense teams in the world nevermind the division.
When playing for Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool a player needs to be alert and concentrating for the full 90 minutes, they need to be pressing the opposition every moment they are out of possession.
It must be draining playing for a team that demands so much, having this fortnight off could prove vital to the squad’s ability to maintain concentration in key fixtures in the latter half of the season.
We have certainly seen signs that the lads were becoming mentally fatigued, such as the carelessness against Spurs. The break should help rid the squad of any potential mental exhaustion.