Liverpool’s pre-season training plan ahead of Arsenal fixture in 13 days
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has spoken about the club's short pre-season ahead of the new campaign, revealing he could not wait to get started again.
The Reds final competitive fixture came against Newcastle on July 26 and they will be back in action after just a month when they take on Arsenal in the Community Shield on August 29.
Liverpool are currently in Austria, having had to move their training base from Evian-les-Bains in France after the Government made a 14-day quarantine period mandatory for people returning to the UK from France.
Speaking to the club's official website, Klopp said: "That's the best part of my job, to be honest; I'm surrounded by people I really, really like. So it's like meeting friends again if it's players, if it's you all, it's just nice to come back and do what we are actually all best in.
"If I'm 100 per cent honest, I would have had not a massive problem if this break would have been a week longer or so, but absolutely no problem.
"When I left the holiday space and arrived here, in this moment it was like it always was since I'm here – just beautiful and just brilliant to meet all the people again. I'm completely happy and it's always like coming home, even when we are not at home in the moment."
Asked about the change in location for Liverpool's pre-season, Klopp added: "Not everybody was involved but I have to say Ray Haughan, Phil Holliday… it was not an easy task!
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"The last five days were obviously very difficult because it looked like step-by-step more likely that France [would] come on the quarantine list and that's a decision we are not involved in, we cannot judge even. We just have to try to react to it.
"I had a call with Ray and said, 'We should try to create a plan B.' In this moment his holiday was over, Phil Holliday's holiday was over and they just tried to make sure that we find something. There were two countries where we were looking for it, it was Austria and Germany.
"Austria here, a lot of teams come here, always came in the past, a lot of teams are here now in the moment – maybe not from England but from all other countries pretty much. It's a good place absolutely.
"I have to say, all credit to the hotel that they made it happen.
"So we are in a safe environment, it looks really all set. Before we came here I think Nice were here, so they are used to these kind of things.
"We ask for quite a lot in these moments and they delivered all so far. The pitch is great, which is good, the rooms are good, the food is our food, so it's all how it should be."
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