‘Players will have to recover mentally from the pandemic’: Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren begins lockdown struggles revealing he lost weight through individual training
- Dejan Lovren says it has been a mental battle to stay focused during the lockdown
- The Liverpool defender trains on his own to stay fit
- The Croat said he lost his weight because of the regime change
- He insisted that UEFA ensure that players don’t get burned out when football returns
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Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has opened up to the mental struggles players face during the corona virus blockade.
The central defender is trying to stay focused on the Premier League title race while remaining in time for the football calendar to resume.
“It has not been easy, because we have been locked up in our houses for 46 days now,” said the Croatian international online edition of Saturday Sportske Novisti, the most important sports daily in the Balkans.
Dejan Lovren says staying focused on the Premier League title race has been a mental battle
“The psychological aspect is the most difficult to overcome. I train on my own as much as possible, I kick the ball around a bit with my son on our lawn, but training with the team is completely different. ‘
The league, which has been suspended since March 9, remains in limbo and cannot take steps until a government decision next week regarding possible changes to the lockdown restrictions.
All 20 clubs held a conference call on Friday to review plans to resume training later in May, followed by a possible return to competitive action in June.
The defender said that training alone was completely different from being with his teammates
During the meeting, the clubs were informed that any resumption of the games would only see them playing in neutral locations approved from the point of view of health and safety.
Liverpool, which is about to seal their first league title since 1990, tops the list with 82 points from 29 games, 25 ahead of second-placed champion Manchester City in a match.
Lovren acknowledged that under the circumstances it was difficult to get excited by the daily routine.
“I try to stay motivated in every possible way. I get up in the morning and say to myself, “I’m going to train for training today” and at least I managed to lose some weight, “he said.
“But I also lost some mass on my legs because there is no substitute for a 90-minute team workout. You can’t do an indoor exercise on your legs for 90 minutes. ‘
The Reds were 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League before football was suspended
The 30-year-old Bosniak-born central defender also expressed hope that the season would resume in time so as not to disturb the calendar more than the coronavirus pandemic already has.
“I hope that (UEFA President) Aleksander Ceferin and all the other people from UEFA and FIFA come up with a solution so that we don’t get into a situation where we have 15 games to play within 30 days,” he said.
“We need free time. This has not really been free, because the players have to recover mentally from the pandemic and the resulting quarantine. ‘