Diaz, Doak and a smiling Salah: What to look out for at Liverpool’s Dubai training camp
It was a smiling Jurgen Klopp who touched down in Dubai on Monday, as he and his Liverpool squad arrived to a warm welcome at their team hotel. All eyes may be on Qatar right now, but for Klopp and his players the next 10 days are as important as any World Cup fixture.
The club football season resumes later this month, and Liverpool intend to be ready to hit the ground running when it does.
It is three-and-a-half weeks since the Reds were last in action, signing off for the mid-season hiatus with a 3-1 win over Southampton at Anfield. They headed into the break sixth in the Premier League table, off the pace but slowly improving, after a rotten start to the campaign.
They resume on December 22, when they take on rivals Manchester City in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. After that comes a Boxing Day trip to Aston Villa, a home game with Leicester City on December 30 and then, to usher in the New Year, a visit to Brentford on January 2.
Plenty to prepare for, then, as Klopp’s men get down to business at the NAS Sports Complex.
The manager will have a good chunk of his senior squad available as they undergo a “mini pre-season” in the United Arab Emirates. There will be intense training sessions, two-a-day for the most part, and two decent friendly fixtures, against Lyon and AC Milan, in the grandly-named Dubai Super Cup.
GOAL runs you through a few things to look out for in the coming days…