Liverpool forced to cancel pre-season training camp in France due to coronavirus quarantine rules

Liverpool forced to cancel pre-season training camp in France due to coronavirus quarantine rules

Liverpool forced to cancel pre-season training camp in France due to coronavirus quarantine rules

Plans


By Jake Bacon

14th August 2020,
4:58 pm

Updated: 14th August 2020,
9:45 pm

Liverpool will now travel to Austria for their pre-season training camp having had to shelve plans to return to France.

The Reds wanted to visit Evian, the location of their last two successful training camps, once again in preparation for the start of the 2020/21 campaign.

Liverpool players trained at an Evian-based camp last summer

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Liverpool players trained at an Evian-based camp last summer

But earlier this week it was announced that from Saturday, people who return to the UK from France will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

And that could have been problematic for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who take on Arsenal in the Community Shield on Saturday, August 29.

Subsequently, Liverpool will set up base in Saalfelden, a small town in Austria after they considered Germany as a possible alternative destination.

The club’s pre-season will begin on Saturday, less than three weeks after their dominant 2019/20 Premier League campaign concluded in a 1-1 draw at Newcastle.

Among the Liverpool stars reporting back, a new face will be on board in left-back Kostas Tsimikas, an £11.75million signing from Olympiakos.

It is understood Reds players will have a choice of meeting up at the club’s training base to travel to Austria together or making their own way there.

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Klopp brought a German surfer to help Liverpool players at last summer’s Evian pre-season.

Sebastian Steudtner was brought in to ‘discuss mind over matter and how to remain calm in difficult and challenging moments’.

And his impact paid off as Liverpool went on to win a first top-flight title in 30 years last month.

Speaking about Steudtner’s impact, Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson said: “Subconsciously, that probably did play a big part.

“These things were more about looking at the season. At times you will have aches and pains, you’ll feel tired but you can block it out of your mind.

“Your head can do wonderful things but you also have voices in there that are not so good.”


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