Jurgen Klopp explains why the Liverpool squad have gone to Tenerife for a week

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Jurgen Klopp has barely had time to breathe since being appointed as Liverpool manager in October.

The German manager has taken charge of 38 matches for the Reds during the five months in charge, rarely going more than three days without playing a match.

But this weekend’s international break means Klopp’s side now have a 13-day break in which to refresh before the season's final run-in.


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Despite the majority of first-team players travelling around the world to play matches for their country, Klopp decided the take to remaining players - as well as their families - to Tenerife for a week of warm weather training.

In total, 21 Liverpool players are working hard in the sun including the likes of Jon Flanagan, Kolo Toure and Alberto Moreno as well as a handful of academy rookies.

Even injured stars Danny Ings, Joe Gomez, Lucas Leiva and Roberto Firmino were included on the trip as they continue their rehabilitation in the sunshine on Spain's Canary Island.

So far, so good

Klopp explained how the trip was going so far.

“It’s going really well,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo.

“We had 13 players plus two keepers training this morning, including a lot of young players. It was a good session.

“All the injured players have come away with us too and it’s nice to have them here.”


The charismatic manager also explained why he decided to travel to all the way to Spain for training, rather than remain in Liverpool.

“This is a really good training ground and the weather is a little bit better than in England!" he said.

“We’re having a good time. This is a good place for us to work this week.

“We’re working hard in the mornings and then in the afternoons it’s time with the families.

“I thought it was important that the players could have their families here too. It’s a good moment for everyone,” he added.

Upon return

Klopp and his players will return to England on Friday and will be given the weekend off before starting training again on Monday.

When the international break is over and they are joined by the rest of the senior players, the side will be desperate to finish their inconsistent campaign on a high.

Klopp faces two massive clashes against his former side, Borussia Dortmund, in the Europa League quarter-final while they still have an outside chance of finishing in the top four of the Premier League.

The Merseysiders are seven points behind Manchester City in fourth, although they do have a game in hand.

Massive April

And Klopp has insisted that his side's season is far from over and believes next month will be crucial.

“There is still so much to play for,” he said.

“April will be busy but we are used to playing this many games. We have a big squad so it’s good for us to have this many games in April.

"Everyone will be important. We have to really fight through this time. There are no easy games. But if we are all together then you have seen how we can play," he concluded.

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