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Klopp backs timing of Premier League return to training

Jurgen Klopp has backed the timing of the Premier League’s return to training as English football prepares for a return to action behind-closed-doors.

Premier League sides have now started to return to training in small, socially distanced groups after proposals were approved earlier this week, with the talks continuing amongst authorities over a safe return for the competition next month.

Germany’s Bundesliga became the first of Europe’s major leagues to return behind-closed-doors amid the coronavirus pandemic last weekend, and Liverpool boss Klopp believes the timing is now right for English football to follow suit as the country attempts to return to normality ‘step by step’.

“Nobody wants to bring anybody into danger, but I think with all the things we know about, sticking to the social distancing rule – especially in the first part – with testing as often as possible and stuff like this, the players will be safe,” he told Liverpool’s official website.

“Germany showed it already – a couple of players had a positive test during the long period, they trained for five weeks and now they play already, stuff like this and they had altogether 10 or 12 positive tests.

“I hope that we are now in England on the right side of the thing as well.

“It’s all about when – but you need to re-open step by step different parts of life again. And everybody agrees about that, it’s only about when.

“It’s now a good moment to do it [in the Premier League]. Then other things, for sure, will follow.”

Klopp admits that while the prospect of playing Premier League fixtures in empty stadiums will create a strange atmosphere, he believes the competitive edge of the division will ensure the league’s intensity is maintained.

“The perfect package of football is a full, packed Anfield stadium, two really good teams, big fight, super goals and at the end Liverpool win,” Klopp said.

“So, a lot of these things are possible but Anfield will not be packed for a while. So that’s what we have to accept, that’s the only thing.

“It looks like it will be possible – and it is in Germany already possible – to play behind closed doors.

“And the football games were really good; super goals, real fight, tight games, clear games, clear results, a proper fight. Imagine, the first night is a little bit like, ‘Have a look here and there, how will it work, how does it feel?’

“But in Germany so many teams play for pretty much everything – they want to stay in the league – and that’s exactly the same what will happen in England.

“When we start, it goes really again for everything. The competition will make the intensity.”

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