Liverpool are returning to training for the first time in TWO MONTHS as the project reboot is on the rise
Liverpool relaunch their title march: Jordan Henderson leads the way when stars return to group training for the first time in more than TWO MONTHS in Melwood … and face new rules designed to keep social distance
Liverpool are the first team in the picture to return to group training after Premier League clubs boosted Project Restart on Monday.
After a meeting of all 20 clubs, it was decided that players could return to phase one of the training from today, as long as some strict protocols are followed.
And the men of Jurgen Klopp immediately went back to work on Tuesday morning, with Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk among those who arrived at the club in Melwood.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson arrives at the club’s Melwood training base on Tuesday
Virgil van Dijk was also pictured driving in after clubs were given the green light to return
Players return to action in groups of five, but without contact and social distance rules in phase one of the return to training.
Stage two of training would allow contact between players, but Premier League clubs have yet to vote on when to take the next step. Phase three would be a return to competitive matches, which officials hope will happen in the second half of June.
Players in a number of clubs have trained individually on their respective club bases for the past month, with Arsenal stars on each field on April 27.
However, after all but one party completed their first round of coronavirus tests on players, it was agreed that the majority of stars could return to work.
According to The athletic, Newcastle, Southampton, Sheffield United, Bournemouth, Leicester, West Ham, Burnley and Crystal Palace plan to train on Tuesday.
Manchester United, Arsenal and Everton are among the clubs that will play again in groups on Wednesday.
Premier League officials required a minimum of 14 positive votes to proceed to phase one of the return to training, which prohibits any contact between players.
Corner flags, balls, cones, goal posts, playing surfaces and other equipment are disinfected after each session, while social distances must be ‘strictly adhered to’.
Other rules in phase one include players who do not travel to or from training with anyone, while the use of public transport and team vehicles is prohibited.
Stars have received an abridged version of a 40-page document with the new training session safety protocols, each of which will take up to 75 minutes.