The football has been missing for what feels like an eternity. The global health crisis has caused a societal shut down which sport hasn’t escaped from. We must rally together in these tough times and watch Nick Hancock’s Football Hell on loop. With the Premier League set to resume at some point in the distant future, we can rest assured that Jürgen Klopp has ensured that Liverpool will be impacted least by the time off.
The global health crisis has rightly caused sport to be postponed for the foreseeable future in order to minimise the spread of the disease.
This has put Liverpool’s coronation as Premier League champions on hold. Up until recently there was much doubt as to whether the season would continue at all.
UEFA has postponed this summer’s tournament until 2021 in order to allow domestic leagues to fulfil their fixture list.
The Premier League has since released a statement saying that they will extend the season ‘indefinitely’ in order to ensure that the games are played out.
In the meantime, everyone is being asked to stay indoors with only essential travel recommended. This means that a lot of footballers are cooped up inside having to find ways of keeping fit.
With the Premier League unlikely to allow sides much time to train before the resumption of the league, we could see some whacky results as a result of players falling out of fitness and match practice.
Thankfully, Jürgen Klopp has implemented an intense style of play at Liverpool which means that the time off should impact the players less.
Klopp’s team work at an extremely high level each week, building up a great natural fitness in players over time. Hopefully, this philosophy and consequential reserves of stamina will go some way to helping players hit the ground running when the game returns.
Teams that play less intense styles of football which require less running such as Newcastle United (the lowest average possession in the league) will likely find it harder to jump straight back into the high octane tempo of the Premier League.
Jürgen Klopp’s demands have their benefits in times of crisis.