Pep Lijnders has confirmed that Liverpool’s training during the World Cup this winter will take place in Dubai.
Speaking to Anfield Watch, Lijnders said that the decision had been taken to travel away from Liverpool while the tournament takes place.
“Three quarters of a year ago when we were already planning this season in terms of where do we go, what do we want, we decided to go to Dubai,” said the coach.
“It’s close (to Qatar), players can come quickly back so we can prepare quickly with the team again and it gives us real time to prepare for the second sprint of the season.”
Questions marks lingering over which players will be involved
Of course at the moment it’s impossible to say exactly which players will make up part of Liverpool’s squad over this period.
However, we can say with certainty that those players who’s nations didn’t qualify for the World Cup will be there. This will include the likes of Andy Robertson, Mohamed Salah, Naby Keita and Luis Diaz.
Meanwhile, Joel Matip and James Milner have retired from international commitments. They should also be there.
Those such as Darwin Nunez, Virgil Van Dijk, Alisson Becker and Jordan Henderson surely won’t be around.
But Liverpool do have a surprising number of players who may not be considered for their national team squads. Players like Thiago Alcantara, Roberto Firmino and Joe Gomez have fallen a little out of favour in their respective teams.
Additionally, Trent Alexander-Arnold can’t be assured of his place. Similarly, Diogo Jota will be sweating that his injury doesn’t jeopardise his place.
All of this could mean that an unexpectedly strong group makes up Liverpool’s travelling party to Dubai. Disappointing for those players, no doubt. But it could put The Reds in the perfect position for a strong end to the season.