Due to Liverpool’s intense festive fixture list, the players’ Christmas party has been cancelled for the third consecutive winter.
But upon hearing the news, Jurgen Klopp insisted that the entire playing staff, along with their other halves, would join him at the special backroom lunch!
A great touch from the German, which will no doubt go down brilliantly.
A source told the Echo:
“The players decided that they would have to cancel their Christmas party for the third season in a row because of the schedule.
“They usually postpone it until the New Year – but we have a minimum of seven games in January, so that idea was also abandoned.
“Jurgen heard one of the players saying he had never been to a Christmas party in March before – and he decided he didn’t want them missing out.
“The manager of Liverpool traditionally hosts a lunch for his backroom team and the club’s staff.
“Jurgen was insistent that this time the players should be invited – along with their wives and partners.
“It’s only a small gesture, but it is one that has really been appreciated by the players and their families.”
This impromptu lunch will have to take place either this week or next, as we only have one game per weekend until Boxing Day – when it all gets a little more hectic!
In January, Klopp’s men need to navigate seven matches, including two League Cup semi-finals, an FA Cup 3rd and a number of intensive Premier League games.
It will likely be the period of the season that defines Klopp’s first term in charge.
Coming from Germany, Klopp is used to a six week winter break, so the next few months will be a real baptism of fire and a test of his managerial adaptability.