Jurgen Klopp has opened up on how Liverpool are dealing with the coronavirus lockdown and discussed the club’s preparations ahead of a potential Premier League return.
With football indefinitely suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, Premier League players up and down the country have been undertaking home training programmes in preparation for a potential return to action.
While talks continue over a safe return to top-flight football, Klopp says his side so raring to go, that they are training ‘like five and six-year-old boys’.
“The boys have a lot of work to do, physical work because we all expect to go again,” Klopp told Fox Sports.
“I don’t know exactly when but we have to prepare for that – that is what the boys do.
“When we come back together again, we have to make the best of the situation we have. We don’t know how long we will get to prepare for the games, so in that moment we will just try.
“When we give the boys a challenge to do in their gardens you can see in them they play really like five and six-year-old boys.
“And that is what we will try to transfer onto the pitch then as well.”
Liverpool‘s long wait for a top-flight league title has been further delayed by the current Covid-19 crisis, with the club currently 25-points clear at the top of the division and on the verge of being crowned champions for the first time in three decades.
Any return to the season is almost certain to see remaining fixtures played in a short timeframe over the summer months, and behind closed doors, though Klopp says both he and his players will return ‘recharged’ as they look to get their hands on the Premier League trophy.
“There will be busy times coming up – hopefully – but we are prepared for that,” he said.
“We are so recharged I can tell you – you can use my energy to light up different cities in my home area! So that’s 100 per cent possible and that’s how it is at the moment.”
It is now six weeks since Premier League clubs have been able to train amid the government’s lockdown rules and Klopp has revealed how his side have had to alter and adapt their matchday preparations.
The German insists it is important his side report back in prime physical condition, but revealed how the Reds have used the enforced break to analyse video footage and focus on tactical improvements.
“We have to make sure that we will be physically ready again. Then there is the technical thing and the tactical thing,” Klopp added.
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“It is the tactical thing we probably work most on at the moment with a lot of videos we send the boys – we send them videos of what we did well, what we didn’t do well and what we want to do in the future.
“We remind ourselves of things we have achieved in the past and want to achieve in the future.
“There are a lot of things we are really looking forward to do again. It is the little things, you appreciate the little things so much more in this moment, the little things you can do.”