Saturday 3 December 2016

Klopp warns players of 'triple training sessions' pre-season

Chris Bascombe

Published 13/05/2016 | 02:30

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: PA
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: PA

Jurgen Klopp has promised the Liverpool squad the toughest pre-season of their careers with triple training sessions when they return after the European Championships.

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Klopp has been licking his lips at the prospect of enforcing his fitness regime ahead of next season, and has offered an insight into how demanding it will be.

Liverpool's manager has already recruited two of Bayern Munich's key backroom staff: fitness and conditioning coach Andreas Kornmayer and nutritionist Mona Nemmer. The latter had joined Bayern at the request of Pep Guardiola and had also worked with the Germany U-21 squad.

It is understood that incoming Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti is livid at having lost such important staff members to Liverpool, but it is a further sign of how much is changing under Klopp's leadership.

"It's triple training sessions, of course," said Klopp (right). "The problem with pre-season is that for the first three weeks we have 15 players who will have been away at the Euros and we also have to see how the squad is changing.

"On another planet, we would have six weeks together training because in this league it is the only time that you can train. In all of the (pre-season) games we will play out full training.

"So, if we play our best in pre-season (games) I've done something completely wrong. It's another (training) session, it's not about beating our opponents."

With so many of his key players on international duty, Klopp said conditioning work would extend into the new season, so he would prioritise fitness over team selection in the early weeks.

"We have to do a lot to create a base for one year," he explained.

"We stop pre-season in the middle of August and 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. That might mean they do not play at that stage or they are only allowed to play so many minutes. Football is about training. We have a special plan of what we want to do with the boys - nearly all of them have national team games now - you cannot have six weeks off, you have something like four weeks. You have two weeks completely off and you have a plan and you have to do it. That means when you come back you are not at nil, you are at 60-70 per cent.

"Everything you do is based around physical potential and what you do in pre-season is key to that. We are now really fit, but because of the games, our best sessions have been the games. On the one side we play a little bit too often and it's too intense training, but usually we are in a good shape."

A Liverpool raid on Bayern is possible if they succeed in the pursuit of Mario Gotze. The Germans have made it known that the midfielder, whose contract expires next season, could leave this summer with a £15-20m valuation. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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