Sadio Mane demand, missing players and more discovered in Liverpool training.


With a hard-fought 2-0 victory over FC Midtjylland, the Premier League and World Champions made the leap into the Champions League in the course of the week.

Liverpool have returned to Melwood to train and prepare for their return to the Premier League this weekend.

Liverpool have intensified their preparations for Saturday’s Premier League game against West Ham.

Last injury

And here are the four things we discovered last night while training the Liverpool players prior to their encounter with West Ham on Saturday….

This result came just days after Jurgen Klopp’s side had moved up to second place in the Premier League table from behind and beat Sheffield United at Anfield.

Earlier in the week, Thiago had been seen working in some individual rounds – which may have been the case for him and others again.

There was no sign that Joel Matip, Thiago Alcantara or Naby Keita had trained with the main group on Friday.

All three missed the win against FC Midtjylland as Liverpool’s injury problems increased.

Kostas Tsimikas was not on the picture either, as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was still on the sidelines with Fabinho and the long absent Virgil van Dijk.

The manager’s comments on Tuesday evening, however, suggest that given the hectic schedule, no one will rush back at the moment.

Curtis Jones is no stranger to Jürgen Klopp’s first team.

Young people present

The academy graduate was joined, however, by a number of young Liverpoolers as the Reds prepared for the Hammers.

Rondo Special

The Melwood meeting on Thursday evening was attended by Nathaniel Phillips, Rhys Williams, Neco Williams and Jake Cain.

“The Five-V-Two Rondo is a good example. Actually, it’s now called Milly’s Rondo, after I was inspired by James Milner because he always caught the ball within the first few passes,” he said.

“He was very fast and took the focus of the rondo to another level. I was like: How can I come up with a rule that everyone executes with their own kind of intensity?

Last December, Red’s assistant Pepi Lijnders explained to the press how James Milner inspired a training exercise at the club.


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