An extremely rare weekend with no Liverpool first team action means Jurgen Klopp‘s squad will be on customised schedules depending how much rest they require.
Liverpool have no game due to their FA Cup exit to West Ham in the fourth round, but have two huge games next week, with the visit of FC Augsburg in the Europa League last-32 second leg on Thursday followed by the trip to Wembley for the League Cup final.
“It’s pretty complicated because in the last few weeks the players have had some time off,” explained Klopp. “The coaching staff have had no days off because we always had a team to train with and always a squad for the next game.
Most of those players who were involved in the 0-0 draw with Augsburg on Thursday have been given two days off ahead of the big week.
“It’s more important for the players that have always been involved, who have played nearly all the matches and always trained and were always here. To have two days off is important.
“But we have a lot of players and they have to train, because they were not always available and had a few things to do to be in their best shape, especially a week before the cup final. Only a few players will have two days off, a few other players will have one day off – training and very important sessions.”
Several players who have featured for the first team were in action for the under-21s side instead on Sunday afternoon – including Divock Origi up front.