While Liverpool fans are pretty excited about Jurgen Klopp having a full pre-season at Liverpool next season, his players certainly aren’t.
The German arrived on Merseyside in October and, therefore, wasn’t given the opportunity to put his side through their paces during the off-season.
But next season will be different and it appears that Klopp is already planning a gruelling regime for his squad.
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The club have recently announced the signing of Andreas Kornmayer from Bayern Munich who will be head of fitness and conditioning and will oversee the pre-season months at Liverpool and it appears he will be very busy over the summer after Klopp revealed what’s in store for the players.
“It’s triple training sessions, of course,” he said, per the Liverpool Echo.
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“I’m really looking forward to pre-season. The problem with pre-season is that for the first three weeks we have 15 players who will have been away at the European Championship and we also have to see how the squad is changing.
“On another planet we would have six weeks together where we train because in this league it is the only time when you can only train. In all of the (pre-season) games we will play we will play out full training. So if we play our best in pre-season then I’ve done something completely wrong. It’s another session, it’s not about beating our opponents. I don’t care about how big the opponent is we will say nothing about the situation.”
Since arriving at Anfield, Klopp has seen many of his players sidelined through injury. Danny Ings, Jordan Henderson, Divock Origi, Christian Benteke and Joe Allen have all had lengthy spells in the treatment room with Klopp’s high-pressing philosophy being blamed.
Many believed that Klopp’s demand of high-energy football has caused injuries to some of his players with them not being familiar to his playing style.
But the former Borussia Dortmund boss insists that, despite the disruption of the European Championships this summer, it’s vital that he implements his philosophy in pre-season.
“We have to do a lot to create a base for one year. We stop pre-season in the middle of August - maybe with the players who come back from the Euros it will be difficult so we might have to make their pre-season two weeks longer so that it goes into the season,” Klopp said
“Football is about training and all that we have done is because of the work we’ve done together. We have a special plan of what we want to do with the boys.”
It remains to be seen whether Klopp and his players will be competing in the Champions League next season. To do so, they must beat Sevilla in the Europa League final next Wednesday in Basel.
Whether they are in the competition or not, one thing is for sure, Klopp’s Liverpool side are going to be in great physical shape come the start of the campaign.