The Liverpool FC squad trained at Melwood on Wednesday afternoon ahead of tonight’s Europa League last-32 second leg against FC Augsburg.
Manager Jurgen Klopp explained prior to training that most of the squad had two days off over the weekend, after such a busy two month period of matches.
It was the first free weekend without a Liverpool game since the last international break in November – which wouldn’t have been a break for many of the Reds’ players.
“After this long period we had to give the players two days off,” said Klopp. “We started again Monday.”
The manager explained that having players train while fresh on Monday and Tuesday was “very important for us” – ahead of two huge games.
Tonight’s Europa League match takes place just 70 hours before Sunday’s League Cup final, but Klopp says he won’t be resting players with the Wembley match in mind.
“If you think about the second step before the first step you will always fall down,” proffered the boss.
Man City warmed up for Sunday’s match with an impressive performance in a 3-1 win over Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League last night.
Meanwhile, German fans from Augsburg held a pre-match party in Liverpool city centre ahead of the game. They’ll be making plenty of noise at Anfield tonight.
Liverpool are looking to progress to the last 16 of European competition for the first time since 2011.
Liverpool FC vs. FC Augsburg kicks off at the earlier time of 6pm GMT – lets just hope it doesn’t go to extra time!
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