While many of Liverpool’s senior squad were flying around the world to play international fixtures, those remaining at the club spent the week in Tenerife.
But this wasn’t a holiday.
Jurgen Klopp decided to take the rest of the Liverpool squad for a warm-weather training camp with their families to recuperate before the season’s finale.
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Klopp’s side still have an outside chance of achieving a top-four finish in the league and they are through to the quarter-finals of the Europa League - where he faces his old side Borussia Dortmund.
A total of 21 squad players went on the trip, including Lucas Leiva, Kolo Toure and Alberto Moreno as well as a handful of academy rookies.
Midway through the trip, the German manager revealed that the trip was going “really well” and upon returning, Lucas revealed that he thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
“It was brilliant,” he told the club’s official website.
“Something like that has never happened before; it’s great credit to the manager for having the idea to take all the players who were not on international duty and the staff as well."
Lucas continued: “It was a good chance to take our families, to be closer to each other and know each other better. It was a great idea to go out, get a little bit of sun and come back for these last six weeks of the season, which will be very intense.
“We were still working in training and for me, doing rehab. It was just going out to get a bit of sun and change the place a little bit. It’s going to be a very intense six weeks and we are all ready to make the most of it,’ he added.
Return from injury
The Brazilian hasn’t played since injuring his quad whilst taking a penalty in the shootout of the Capital One Cup final - a spot-kick that he missed as his side lost to Manchester City.
But the 29-year-old, who is in his ninth season at Anfield, has revealed that he is close to a return.
“I’m pushing really hard and working really hard to be back as soon as possible. Time will tell if I will be able to make it.
“It’s going really well, I’m progressing very well. Hopefully it won’t be too long now until I’m back to full training, and hopefully I’ll play a big part at the end of the season,” he insisted.
Klopp will be desperate for Lucas to return ahead of a huge month.
Liverpool have eight fixtures in the month of April, including Premier League fixtures against Tottenham and Everton as well as the two-legged affair with Dortmund.
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