Liverpool have been at the very pinnacle of football for a few years now. Jürgen Klopp’s side have amassed an extraordinary 196 points in the last two seasons in the league, they won the Champions League and the Club World Cup last year. The Reds have played an incredible amount of football. Going into an extraordinary season, Liverpool will have a key advantage with their levels of fitness and motivation.
In the last two years Liverpool have been crowned Champions of Everything.
The Relentless Reds have only dropped 32 in the Premier League in the last two seasons, a truly ridiculous total.
Jürgen Klopp’s men were unlucky to be dumped out of the Champions League so soon last time out, it is safe to say things could have been different had Alisson Becker not been injured.
The global health crisis forced football to come to a halt, in turn causing a delayed start to the new season.
This delayed start, along with rearranged competitions, means that footballers will have to play an insane amount of football in the next year.
Internationals can end up playing up to 80 games this season according to Stuart James at The Athletic.
Each midweek for the foreseeable future has been earmarked for domestic and cup competitions, there won’t be much time for rest and recovery.
Jürgen Klopp‘s gegenpressing philosophy has led to the Liverpool squad developing intense levels of fitness and motivation.
The gaffer demands that his players don’t stop running for the full 90 minutes, relentlessly closing down opponents and countering with venom.
We have seen these levels of fitness and motivation clinch titles before. Last season the Reds’ consistency reached levels previously unimaginable. Pundits and fans alike were left stunned by the manner in which Klopp’s side just kept on winning and doing so with such an irresistibly intense brand of football.
With so much football to play, this intensity, these levels of fitness and motivation, could prove to be the difference. Chelsea can spend all the money in the world but if their players start falling apart after 3 games in 10 days then it won’t do them any good.