On Wednesday, for the first time, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted in a resume to training after the coronavirus pandemic carried football to a pause in mid-March.
The 2019-20 Premier League season’s runaway leaders’ players and coaches trained at their Melwood training base in small, socially distant sessions.
Klopp said on the official website of Liverpool: “The morning really started well – I woke up earlier than usual, and then I realized it was my first day. It felt like the first day at school. For me, it was 46 years ago, but it must have been similar. I dressed in my uniform again – and for the right reason, for going to training. I drove to Melwood and was really happy to see all the boys. I didn’t see all the boys yet, I only saw 10 of them and the coaches, which is a good start, I would say. They all look in good spirits. We started with training, good things, not the highest intensity but the boys look in good shape”.
If ‘Project Restart’ proceeds forward, the Reds will only need two wins out of their remaining nine starts to win the title. When the top-flight discontinued on March 13 Liverpool was 25 points away from second-placed Manchester City.
For the Merseysiders, it would be a memorable first Premier League crown and one they are broadly awaited to win.