Returning to pre-season training and seeing the balls put away in their bags must be horrible for any player.
No other explanation as to what the training session will entail is needed when that is the case. Running, running and more running.
Emre Can has described how he returned to that very scenario having arrived late to pre-season training as a result of his participation in Euro 2016.
He told Liverpoolfc.com: “I remember when I came to pre-season I didn’t see the ball for the first four or five days, it was just run, run, run!”
“I came a little bit later to pre-season, but it was very hard!”
“But it’s very important because our style of play is very hard fitness-wise, and if you see the games, the last few games, we always run more than the other teams and that’s why it was very, very important for us.”
The attitude of the players this season has been admirable and the performances they are putting in are testament to how hard they have been working at training.
Jurgen Klopp’s men very rarely stop running during games at the moment and that has been crucial to our impressive start to the season.
Few teams have been able to match our energy and stamina on the pitch. The important thing is that we ensure that continues to be the case for the rest of the campaign.
The players deserve all the credit they get for the effort they are putting in not only a weekly basis, but on a daily basis at training, too.