With the UK well into its fourth week of lockdown, we’ve all been trying to find ways to keep the mind ticking over, and footballers are certainly no different.
The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has not only brought a halt to football across Europe (apart from in Belarus), but to life as we know it, with families and friends having to make do with keeping contact through social media, and increasingly through video apps such as Zoom.
Premier League sides have been doing their best to give us an insight into how they are coping during the uncertainty, and how they are trying to maintain their fitness levels and spirits.
After what has been a memorable 18 months, Jurgen Klopp has revealed he recently posted a number of clips in the Liverpool players WhatsApp group from some of the clubs best moments in recent months.
“Last week I had kind of a flash, I’m not sure if it’s the right word, but I felt fire in me, so I sent [videos] in the players’ group,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.
“I started with a video about the trophy celebration after the Champions League, it popped up on my YouTube list and I watched it, three or four minutes. So I put it in the group with the little phrase, ‘Still true’.
“By the way, I said we played some exceptional games and then it went to the Barcelona game, then I sent Man City at home, the Leicester away game, the United at home game. So there were quite a few nice games – these two-and-a-half, three-minute clips. I tell the boys, ‘Come on, send your favourite videos from the last year or last years’.
“There were quite a few nice ones. The boys sent a lot of their own videos which they made when we were on the truck driving through the city. You can see that they really enjoyed that and they are looking forward to something similar. It was nice.
“I saw the Barcelona game, this shortcut of it. The Dortmund game was incredible – I have goosebumps really all over, it was just the atmosphere, the game. Dortmund had quite a few chances, to be honest, but we did well!
“I hated the goals we conceded still, that’s crazy – just last line too deep and stuff like that. But yeah, that’s how it is and I enjoyed Sunday night a lot.”
The Reds became European champions with a 2-0 win over Spurs last June, though it was their comeback victory over Barcelona in the semi-final second leg that was a more notable result. Trailing 3-0 from the first leg at the Camp Nou, Klopp’s side needed a miracle, and the German has opened up on some of the ‘banter’ within the WhatsApp group while watching the game back this week.
Liverpool were winning 1-0 at half time, still needing at least two goals and to keep a clean sheet against Lionel Messi and co, but the introduction of Gini Wijnaldum at the interval soon brought the hosts level, before Divock Origi’s 79th minute winner.
“Yeah, at half-time against Barcelona, [the players were texting] ‘Something’s going wrong. We have to make a change!’ I think Robbo himself texted that if I’m right, and angry Gini had to come on.
“Of course there’s a lot of banter around, it’s really nice. We feel always together, to be honest, but in these moments you feel it especially. That’s really nice.
“Doing the same thing in the same moment is really cool and connects you on a different level.”