Jurgen Klopp has flown his Liverpool squad to Catalonia for a mid-season training camp, directly after their 4-3 loss to Bournemouth.
The Reds fell to a humiliating defeat at Dean Court on Sunday afternoon, letting a two-goal lead slip twice, with goals from Sadio Mane, Divock Origi and Emre Can proving not enough.
This served as a disappointing setback in Liverpool’s title-challenging campaign, ending a run of 15 games without defeat in all competitions.
With their next outing coming at home to West Ham United on December 11, Klopp took the opportunity to organise some warm-weather training in Spain, according to the Mail with the squad flying on Monday.
Mane, Origi, Can, Simon Mignolet, Lucas Leiva, Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan, Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino were among those to travel.
Joel Matip also joined the squad, after a minor ankle injury kept him out of the defeat to the Cherries.
They are set to spend two days in Catalonia, before returning to Melwood to continue preparations for the clash with Slaven Bilic’s out-of-form Irons.
Last season, Klopp took a makeshift group to Tenerife for a similar spell during the March international break, giving him an opportunity to assess his squad players and young stars.
Ovie Ejaria was among those to take part, and clearly impressed the German with his contribution.
This time, however, Liverpool’s focus will be on rewriting their form after a frustrating defeat, with the trip likely designed to restore morale as much as the quality of their performances.
Without a winter break in the Premier League, unlike in the Bundesliga, Klopp is clearly looking to make the most of rare spells without a game, and will be hoping this is a fruitful process.
Liverpool play another five games before the end of the year, with Middlesbrough, Everton, Stoke City, Man City their next opponents after West Ham.
They are currently third in the table, level on points with fourth-placed City and now four behind league leaders Chelsea, having taken 30 points from their first 14 games.