When football returned there was a lot to get used to. There’s no fans in the stadium, managers have had to adapt their greetings and players have to take a drinks break in the middle of each half. Liverpool could benefit if the drinks break is made a permanent fixture, Jürgen Klopp “likes it a lot”.
Due to the pause in competition as a result of the global health crisis, players fitness levels weren’t up to par when football was able to resume.
The FA decided that in order to protect the health and fitness of the players football would resume with a mandatory drinks break halfway through each half.
At a convenient moment the referee blows his whistle and players return to the sidelines to take on fluids, however, there is also the added benefit of being able to receive more in depth instruction from the manager than is possible during play.
How does it impact Liverpool?
This weekend showed just how important the drinks break can be. Liverpool scored the winner against Aston Villa just moments after the second half refreshment stoppage.
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Jürgen Klopp is able to deliver game changing messages and motivation to his players during these pauses, if the stoppage sticks around then we could benefit from this added opportunity for encouragement and direction.
What does the boss think?
Speaking at a press conference, as reported by Sky Sports, Klopp described the introduction of the drinks break as answering a “20 year old wish” of his.
The boss added that he “likes it a lot” as he can give the players “one or two [instructions]”. Just how impactful these instructions can be is shown in Sadio Mane’s goal against Villa.
Fingers crossed the powers that be decide that there’s no harm in retaining the brief break, it seems to benefit the quality of the play, so why not?