Manager Jurgen Klopp has explained the thinking behind Liverpool’s warm-weather training camp for players and their families in Tenerife this week, including the role of the club’s owners in backing the idea.
The schedule has placed heavy demands on the manager and his squad since his appointment last October, with free time at a premium between the repetition of games, recovery and travel.
But this international break has afforded Klopp the chance to take those not on duty with their countries away to Spain for training sessions in warmer temperatures and relaxing moments with their partners and children.
The boss was quickly convinced of the camp’s benefits in a variety of areas and, with the owners fully supportive of the plan, intends to ensure this is not an isolated venture.
LiverpoolFC.com caught up with Klopp during a break Wednesday to discuss the trip to Tenerife.
LiverpoolFC.com: What was the thinking behind the trip to Tenerife and what are you hoping to achieve out there?
Klopp: It’s pretty easy. First of all, the weather is not too good at the moment in Liverpool so we can train in Tenerife. It’s a little bit better. We have wind, so we feel a little bit familiar, but we have sun so everything for training is really perfect, 20 degrees (68 degrees fahrenheit) or something like this. (It’s a) big group, 13 players in training this morning, two goalkeepers, so everything was OK. That’s the main reason why we are here — that we can train in different circumstances because it is a long year (and a) long season for the players, so they need to change a little bit. The biggest opportunity we could get from our owners, and from Ian Ayre, Mike Gordon and John (Henry), is that we could take our families here, so it’s a great atmosphere. They work hard and then we have time for the family in a really nice place. Until now, it’s close to perfect to be honest.
LiverpoolFC.com: How nice is it for the players to have their families out with them?
Klopp: You should see, it’s a brilliant atmosphere. I think it’s training, that’s why we are here. But of course it brings us all a little bit more together and (to) understand more who we are working with. I like it, it’s the first time that I did it but it’s for sure not the last time.
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