Jurgen Klopp’s influence on Liverpool as a whole is becoming greater and greater, with the German’s wishes being taken into account this summer regarding the club’s summer tour.
In recent years, our pre-season has been primarily a money-spinning, commercial enterprise, but the manager has been keen to focus more on the playing side of things.
Liverpool will head to Asia to play two fixtures in the Premier League Trophy in July, but instead of going on to Australia and extending the trip, they’ll head to Europe for a six-day training camp in Germany – with training the focus instead of fixtures.
‘The target of a camp is always the you go there in one shape and come back in a better shape. You go as a good team and come back a better team,’ Klopp told the Echo.
‘There are also a lot of Liverpool fans in the USA so it made sense that we went there. Like It makes sense that in 2017 we go to Asia. I have no problem with this.’
We love that Klopp’s prioritising the fitness and development of his players over anything else. In the past, managers were perhaps bullied by the board who were chasing huge profits – but under this boss – it’s his way, or the highway!