After Liverpool were confirmed to be taking part in the ‘Dubai Super Cup’ in December, we now have a clearer idea of their schedule for December.
Those who won’t be involved at the World Cup are to embark on a two-week warm-weather training camp in Dubai next month, and the dates for the two friendlies Liverpool will play while they’re there have now been confirmed.
The Reds are to face Lyon and AC Milan as part of the Dubai Super Cup, with both games staged at the 15,000-capacity Al-Maktoum Stadium.
Arsenal are the fourth team who will take part in the tournament, but Liverpool will not go up against Mikel Arteta’s side in Dubai.
The camp will begin the weekend of December 3/4, when the Liverpool squad will fly to Dubai and begin their warm-weather training.
Klopp will then have a whole week to work with his players before their friendly against Lyon on Sunday, December 11, with kickoff set for 2pm GMT.
Liverpool’s second friendly will be against AC Milan on Friday, December 16, with that game to kick off at 3.30pm GMT.
They will then head home that weekend, days before their Carabao Cup fourth-round tie with Man City on Thursday, December 22.
Liverpool in December – Key dates
December 3/4 – Fly to Dubai for training camp
December 11, 2pm GMT – Lyon friendly (Dubai Super Cup)
December 16, 3.30pm GMT – AC Milan friendly (Dubai Super Cup)
December 17/18 – Return home from Dubai
December 22 – Man City (A) (Carabao Cup)
December 26 – Aston Villa (A) (Premier League)
December 30 – Leicester (H) (Premier League)
The Dubai Super Cup points-scoring format is a unique one. There will be four matches in total, with each team playing twice. Teams are awarded three points for a win and two for a draw.
Regardless of the scoreline, penalties will take place after each game, with an additional point awarded to the winners of the shootout. The team that has accumulated the most points at the end of the tournament will be crowned Dubai Super Cup champions.
Klopp should be able to bring a strong squad with him, with just seven Liverpool players involved at the World Cup.
According to The Athletic‘s James Pearce, Liverpool chose Dubai as their mid-season destination due to its “elite training facilities and favourable climate.”
When discussing the trip during his media duties last week, Klopp also made the point that Dubai is only a short flight away from Qatar, meaning any players that exit the tournament early can easily join up with the Liverpool squad.
Liverpool’s players will all have been given individual training programmes to follow for the rest of November, before they reconvene at the start of next month.