This summer is certain to be a big one for Liverpool. Whilst we don’t expect a major overhaul of the first XI there will certainly be some deadwood shifted and rotation options signed. The Reds will need to blood these new arrivals effectively. Reports have claimed that Liverpool will stay in Europe for pre-season, a decision that could aid a strong start to the season.
There will undoubtedly be some big arrivals at Anfield over the summer.
Timo Werner is the most hotly tipped new addition but with Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Xherdan Shaqiri and Dejan Lovren all mooted to be leaving the club, we can expect some backup stars to arrive too.
These players will need time and match experience to get up to speed with the Liverpool way. Pre-season is a key time for these adjustments.
In recent years The Reds have jetted off to America and Asia for their preparations. These tours have obviously been in the interest of boosting the Reds’ commercial value by reaching more fans globally.
However, these commercial exploits do have their downsides – time is spent travelling rather than training, the climates that the players compete in are entirely different to that they will be faced with regularly during the season.
A report in The Mirror has claimed that Liverpool will remain in Europe for pre-season. This decision would allow The Reds more time to train and the players would be playing in more familiar, applicable climates.
What is the point in playing a few games in Chinese humidity when you have to play in the rain at Burnley away in a month’s time? Of course, warm weather camps have their benefits but dedicated a large chunk of pre-season to foreign tours does compromise the training staff’s plans.
By sticking close to Europe the coaching staff will be able to exert more control on the schedule, giving The Reds a better shot of hitting the ground running at the start of the season as they’ll be in much better practice.