Peter Krawietz is taking charge of Liverpool as they begin preparation to face Shrewsbury on Sunday. The Reds had closed their training ground.
Liverpool assistant manager Peter Krawietz will run training as the Reds finally re-open their training ground. The team has suffered numerous absences in recent weeks, with a Covid-19 outbreak forcing the closure of the AXA Training Centre.
Both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Lijnders were a part of that outbreak, in fact. With both in isolation, Krawietz is next in line to take training and it’ll be him handling on-pitch preparation for the FA Cup game at the weekend.
There is hope that Klopp will be on the touchline for that game, though. His isolation period will be over and he should be ready to return.
Liverpool host Shrewsbury Town on Sunday and will almost certainly play a youthful XI. It’s a game against lower-league opposition, after all, with an EFL Cup tie against Arsenal following in midweek.
Throw in the absences and it makes complete sense to use the kids here. Though, that will make preparation awkward for Krawietz.
This will be an XI that definitely hasn’t played together before, for one thing. There’s also a risk of further absences.
Peter Krawietz takes Liverpool training
Krawietz has been at Liverpool since Klopp arrived and has worked with the German since his Mainz days. Few are better placed to keep the Reds ticking along, then.
But with all the chaos, it’s not clear that anyone can simply keep Liverpool ticking. For that reason, perhaps it’s time to blood some youngsters and we’d like to see a few debuts here.
One we’re hoping for is Mateusz Musialowski. Liverpool may not be anywhere near full-strength but if they can use the opportunity to grow some players, there might be a positive or two in all of this.