Jurgen Klopp says he’s never had a pre-season like Liverpool’s this summer. The boss describes it as ‘really strange’.
Liverpool began their pre-season this week and Jurgen Klopp hasn’t seen anything like it. The Reds have gone to Austria where they’ll spend four weeks.
That’s an abnormally long time for a pre-season in one place, especially as they’ll spend it in a bubble. No stepping outside of that bubble – it’s all on the squad to entertain themselves for a month.
And Klopp believes that’s going to be ‘really, really strange’.
Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool’s pre-season
“The pandemic is still around so we cannot just say, ‘okay, go out there for a while’ – we have to stay pretty much in a bubble all the time,” he said, per the Mirror.
“The planning of the pre-season was incredibly difficult. During the summer break, everything changed and it was really tricky.
“So we stay now for four weeks away, and that is really, really strange. I never did it before.
“There are moments when the boys are not entertained by us, and then you need characters. They all need to step up, I told the boys this morning they are all responsible.”
What does it mean for Liverpool?
One ‘positive’ for the team is that they’re technically not stuck with the exact same group for four weeks. Players who were at international tournaments will gradually join, freshening things up a bit.
But there’s no escaping that it’s a strange situation. Liverpool just need to hope it works as a bonding exercise, rather than leaving them all sick of one another.
Fortunately, there’s a lot to focus on.
Liverpool need to regroup after last season, where injuries decimated the squad and forced Klopp to regularly move players around. Now, though, they can start getting back to normal.
They didn’t have a proper pre-season last year, after all, what with all the chaos of 2020. For some, like Thiago and Diogo Jota, this will be their first pre-season with Liverpool.
Certain players have tasks to accomplish, too. We ran over some of those here, with our Pre-season 2021 to-do list.
Can Harvey Elliott prove he’s worthy of first-team place already? Will Ibrahima Konate fit in from the off? Is this the year Naby Keita finally steps up and shows his best?
Liverpool have four weeks to find out – whether they like it or not.