Jurgen Klopp says no Liverpool players will be forced to train against their will as he admits to being a ‘policeman in his uniform’ already reporting to Melwood in his training gear
- Liverpool returned to training with small group sessions on Wednesday
- Jurgen Klopp repeated that none of his players will be forced to train
- Some Premier League players have expressed concerns about returning to work
- But Klopp said his entire squad signed up with Melwood
- The German also felt like a “police officer” driving his training kit to work
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Jurgen Klopp has reiterated that none of his Liverpool players will be forced to return to training against their will and admitted that he felt “arriving as a police officer in my uniform” in Melwood, already in full gear.
Premier League leaders returned to work on Wednesday, training in groups of five in anticipation of football possibly returning next month during the Covid-19 crisis.
The club went to great lengths to adhere to the strict social distance rules for Melwood’s first group training since March 13, and even set up a one-way system in their training complex to ensure no one ran into each other.
Jurgen Klopp smiles and waves to the camera when he arrives at the Liverpool training ground
The German said he was delighted to be back on the training field on Wednesday
Some top players have expressed concerns about returning to practice, and Klopp made it clear that none of the Liverpool squad are in danger.
He told Sky Sports: ‘It is the choice of the players and that is clear. I said before the session, “You are here at will. Usually you sign a contract and you have to join if I tell you, but in this case you don’t have to be here if you don’t feel safe. ‘
“There are no restrictions, no punishment, nothing. It is their own decision and we respect it 100 percent.
“The boys are all there, the first group of ten players, then the next session starts, then ten more players are added, and then five more in the afternoon.
Klopp speaks to Curtis Jones when a social distant training for small groups was taking place
Trent Alexander-Arnold is depicted on the green grass of Melwood on Wednesday
Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum happily looked back on training
“The boys are doing well. We would never endanger anyone doing what we want to do. Yes, we love football, yes it is our job, but it is no more important than our lives or those of other people. ‘
Due to extensive health and safety rules, Klopp had to report to Melwood on Wednesday in his training equipment.
And he joked, “We had to get changed this morning, so I felt a bit like a cop in my uniform – finally for good reason. That felt quite special.
“Then coming to Melwood and seeing all the boys again was fun.”
Liverpool are 25 points away from second place Manchester City and the chance to win their first league title in 30 years if the season resumes.
Liverpool hope to win a league title within 30 years if the season can resume