Jurgen Klopp has explained his reasoning behind taking his Liverpool squad to La Manga, with a change of scenery a key factor.
The Reds flew out to Spain for a mid-season training camp on Wednesday, and will remain there until Sunday.
With no FA Cup commitments to worry about this weekend, it has allowed Klopp to mix things up and allow his players to train in a different environment.
The 49-year-old explained that the squad had two sessions on Thursday, with one on Friday, then one on Saturday followed by an “internal game” later in the day, before a final session on Sunday.
Klopp believes a change of venue helps keep things fresh within the squad, and didn’t hide the fact that his players have plenty to work on.
“You might think it’s a bit cold for a ‘warm-weather’ training camp, but that’s a good thing because we didn’t want to go somewhere where it’s completely different to England in this moment, we only wanted to change the circumstances a little bit,” Klopp told explained.
“We want to be focused on the work we do on the pitch especially, and of course we’ll use the opportunity to talk about a few things, how you always do in pre-season.
“But I think you can always talk about things you need to fix, or you can create the situation where you can work on it and that’s what we’re trying to do here.
“Melwood is a fantastic training ground but we are there for the whole year – since June, since we were in America, we’ve been there every day, so to come out and do a few different things I thought made absolute sense.”
Klopp also spoke about the remainder of Liverpool’s season, admitting he was hopeful about them building on the Spurs win and securing the best finish possible.
“I spoke a few days ago, after the Hull game, that we lost kind of the flow, but actually we have it. We’ve played fantastic football in this season already and obviously people are in a good mood here,” he added.
“It was all about getting the confidence in training, and doing the things we want to be good in and were good in and I thought the Tottenham game showed already that we are still capable of doing things like this, but now we have to bring consistency – we know this.
“[There are] a lot of things you could already say about this season, a lot of good things and a few not so good things, but at the end we have the chance in 13 games to really reach something special, and that’s what we are working on.
“Coming back then and having another week to prepare for the Leicester game and the rest of the games, Arsenal and all that stuff, that’s good and hopefully everyone can see after this.”
It still feels like an eternity until the trip to Leicester City on February 27, but Liverpool should be perfectly prepared for it.
They should return from La Manga as fit and refreshed as they have been in months, which points towards a strong end to the campaign.
These final 13 Premier League should be treated as 13 cup finals – if they can go on a winning run they are more than capable of securing a top-four finish.
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