While Real Madrid are preparing for their final La Liga match of the season this weekend, fellow Champions League finalists Liverpool have been off on their jollies.
After they secured a top-four finish by beating Brighton on the final day of the Premier League season, Jurgen Klopp gave his squad a few days off to go away with their families.
And if they didn’t get enough sun during that short break, Klopp has decided to take them to Marbella.
The Liverpool squad have been enjoying some warm-weather training as they recover from a tough league campaign ahead of the Champions League final against Real.
But are they nervous ahead of the final in just eight days time?
Quite the opposite, in fact.
That’s according to former Liverpool player Jan Molby, who claims that whilst he was over in Marbella, he couldn't quite believe how calm they all were ahead of their trip to Kiev.
“I’ve been over in Marbella to interview Jurgen Klopp ahead of the Champions League final,” Molby told the Liverpool Echo.
“And being around the Liverpool squad, I honestly couldn't believe it. I couldn't quite believe how relaxed the players were.
“I asked the manager this, and he confirmed it. He said the boys were relaxed, they were in the rest and rehabilitation stage at the moment and will then go on to begin the hard work.
“As a group of players, you get the impression they are more than ready for a very difficult task.”
That can only be a good sign, surely?
The Liverpool squad have been seen going on bike rides and taking part in light training sessions at the Marbella Football Centre and spirits seem extremely high.
But why exactly has Klopp taken his squad to Marbella?
WHY ARE THEY IN MARBELLA?
Well, the German boss revealed all.
“It’s about being together, having nothing else to do and not thinking about anything else – and then having a little rest,” Klopp said.
“We have a few things to do. We have time to prepare for the game, which we want to do. We have time to recharge our batteries, and that’s what we’ll do. We’re in a very nice surrounding, but we’re not here because of the weather – it was not the reason to say we don’t go to the south because the weather in England has been good as well – but too many things; too many people want too many things from us in the moment.
“Here, we can close the door when we are in the hotel or on the training ground – and that’s the reason we’re here.
“After one little session, which was mainly a recovery, I know already it was the right decision again.”
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