Liverpool’s Champions League final plans revealed
Jurgen Klopp has decided to take his Liverpool players on holiday ahead of the Champions League final.
The Reds have a two week break between their final Premier League of the season, against Brighton on Sunday, and their match in Kiev on May 26.
Liverpool are aiming to secure their top four place against the Seagulls.
German Klopp is aware his squad have battered following a bruising campaign which have seen the side play 54 games across four competitions.
And Klopp is looking to allow his stars to "recharge the batteries" ahead of their meeting with Real Madrid, as originally reported by the Liverpool Echo.
And of the potential break, the Liverpool boss said: “The players will not be relaxed really, there will be hopefully moments when the boys can relax which is what they deserve and what they need.
“Rest is a great thing. For us it is good.
“We will do training, but it’s not a camp. It’s not like we will go there and train twice a day or three times a day. No.
“It’s to recharge the batteries. Then when we come home we have another week to prepare the game.
“We will prepare the game there (on the trip) as well. We have time together and stuff like that.
“Earlier we can analyse stuff, and there are a lot of things we can do then to get used to the situation.”
When Klopp reached the Champions League final with Borussia Dortmund five years ago, he had barely a week to prepare for the match against Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich.
And of the fortnight gap to the Real Madrid game, he said: “It’s a massive difference. For the better? Yeah, for us, sure.”
With Joe Gomez joining Joel Matip, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Emre Can on the sidelines, and Sadio Mane unlikely to feature, Klopp has little scope with which to rest players this weekend.
However, Adam Lallana is set for a return to action after six weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring problem.
Lallana has trained normally for more than a week and Klopp is grateful the England man will be an option for the final two games.
“We knew that, it is how you build somebody up after that, 10 minutes here, 15 minutes there, 20 minutes there, I am not sure we can do that,” said the Reds boss.
“Maybe he has to start at one point out of the blue, that is possible but we will see. It is all. It is not a normal build-up after an injury.
“He is now in training, here with us maybe for a week or 10 days and before that was some other places and was working really hard so physically it looks good.
“When Adam plays football, he is at his best mood so that is good, that is positive news.
“Is he available for Sunday? I would say so.”
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