Liverpool coached ahead of their weekend clash with West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
The Liverpool squad, which coached on Wednesday, were in an unusual position during this season affected by the coronavirus because they have not had a mid-week match since last season’s 7-0 win at Crystal Palace.
That impressive victory in south London brought the champions back to the top of the Premier League table and ensured that Jurgen Klopp’s men would be at the top of Christmas for the third year in a row.
There has been further reinforcements with Thiago Alacantar, James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri who all took part in the session as Liverpool’s injuries, which have been a recurring theme of the season so far, seem to be easing.
Same picture, second place
Twelve months ago Liverpool celebrated Christmas, just crowned World Club Cup champions.
The victory in Doha over Brazilian Copa Libertadores flamenco, secured by an overtime goal by Robert Firmino, came home to the Reds on December 21 in time to bring Leicester City 4-0 away on Boxing Day to tighten the Premier League title.
Before the Reds left Qatar, they posed for the traditional image of the team – accompanied, of course, by the latest addition to the trophy room at Anfield – with all the players throwing Santa’s hats in the air.
This year, given that the background was a much less warm environment of the AXA training center, they posed for the same staff, and Mo Salah heard him get an explanation earlier: “Shall we throw like last year again?”
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It’s been a good few weeks for Takumi Minamino, with a Japanese plot that showed further signs of bedding at Anfield a year after arriving from Salzburg and, of course, packed his first Premier League goal on the route at Selhurst Park last weekend.
Many Reds will be happy to hear James Milner’s return to fitness ahead of a packed festive program and look forward to the return of his crunchy accessories, but Yorkshireman’s tireless influence seems to have ceased on his Japanese counterpart.
Videos of the rondo the team did in Kirkby showed Minamino giving Milner a taste of his own medicine and hinting at the 25-year-old’s increasing acclimatization to the rigor of the English game.
Robbo is heard
Andy Robertson is without a doubt one of the leaders among many at this all-conquering Liverpool.
His cute left foot, defensive nose, attacking charge and amazing engine are all key elements of his makeup, but so is his voice, which has become more apparent in recent months as matches have been played behind closed doors.
And his distinctive Scottish brooch was very obvious during the second clip of the round, because he provided running – and sometimes sharp comments.
“A horrible start .. all kinds of pressures .. the captain doesn’t like it” all came across loud and clear and may indicate a career in broadcasting when the playing days are over.
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No prisoners were taken away
The captain may not have liked what happened during the rondos if it is necessary to go through the footage from one of the small games.
Trent Alexander-Arnold rushed forward on a pass from Joel Matip from the defense when Jordan Henderson approached to close him and rather unceremoniously brought the West Derby native back into contact with him and to his back.
The distrustful Trent showed outstretched arms and could be heard shouting “Oh my god” but no offense was awarded and the game continued.
Everyone is fair in the love, war and training of Liverpool.