Jurgen Klopp says he asks every Liverpool player to text him immediately after they’ve played for their country.
The Reds boss is set to watch seven of his players fly off to World Cup duty over the next few weeks. And asked during his pre-match press conference via Liverpool FC on YouTube for how he will monitor those away, Klopp shared his usual protocol.
“The number is not too big, but important player for us. We have a clear rule how it is with international games: the boys have to text me if there are any issues and especially after the game. The World Cup is different because we can see the game and can probably read the news, you get all the information.
“When it’s a normal international game and Brazil plays, it’s tricky to get any kind of information. So, we need the players to tell us, ‘no, fine, 90 minutes but ok,’ and that’s the contact we will have definitely.”
It could have been much worse for Liverpool, with a relatively low number travelling to Qatar. Everything crossed that they all stay healthy.
Liverpool’s magnificent seven head for Qatar
Given Liverpool’s injury history over recent season, you can’t blame Klopp for being overly cautious here.
Knowing how the German feels about international breaks, you can only imagine Jurgen’s nervousness over the World Cup.
The players going may not be plentiful for Liverpool, but they certainly are important.
Injuries to any of Alisson Becker, Virgil Van Dijk or Trent Alexander-Arnold would be pretty devastating for Liverpool’s season.
Jordan Henderson is still incredibly important, whilst Darwin Nunez has been one of their best players recently.
Fabinho may not be his usual self right now, but as Liverpool’s only specialist No.6, they can’t afford to lose him.
Finally, Ibrahima Konate is showing himself to be the best possible partner for Van Dijk. Should Ibou get another knock in Qatar, it could be hugely detrimental to Liverpool.
So, Klopp is perhaps right to be concerned over his player’s welfare. But luckily, with Liverpool so close to hand in Dubai, any issues can be swiftly dealt with back at the club.