Liverpool concluded their pre-season with games against two Spanish sides. The Reds’ final game was a 3-1 win over Osasuna, a convincing win at that. Heading into the Premier League campaign, Liverpool could be handed a big boost due to their unique pre-season approach of playing eight friendlies.
Liverpool pre-season friendlies
This summer afforded the Reds a unique opportunity.
Due to the pandemic the club stayed in Europe instead of undertaking the usual money spinning tours of Asia and the USA.
Typically the Reds would fly to far flung shores and take on teams ranging from local opposition to European heavyweights.
These friendly tournaments are designed to raise the club’s profile and bank balance in turn, though how helpful they are to the playing staff and coaches is debatable.
This summer Liverpool played eight pre-season friendlies.
The Reds took a unique approach, playing back-to-back half hour games and back-to-back hour long games before playing full 90s.
Eight friendlies of varying lengths has proven to be a pretty unique approach in comparison to our rivals.
Manchester City have played just three friendlies and in the Charity Shield.
Meanwhile, Chelsea also played just the three warm up games.
In addition, Manchester United were involved in four friendlies with one being cancelled.
This isn’t just a slight difference in approach this is a major deviation.
Whilst other sides played half the amount of games, all at the full 90 minutes, the Reds were carrying out a more tailored approach.
Jürgen Klopp’s men played eight friendlies in total and all at varying lengths.
This allowed the boss and physios to build player fitness in a more gradual manner.
Of course, there is the downside of more football allows more opportunity for injuries, as we saw with Andy Robertson.
However, we could benefit greatly from this unique approach as the Reds managed to get more football under their belt whilst getting back to match fitness steadily instead of in a hurry.
Fingers crossed we’ll see this approach prove a difference maker in the early stages of the season.