Liverpool are looking likely to stay in Europe this summer for pre-season as the Merseyside giants plan to take caution amidst the coronavirus epidemic that continues to make global headlines.
David Ornstein of The Athletic reports that the Reds are increasingly likely to remain on the continent this year after consecutive summers flying to the likes of Asia and the United States for pre-season, with Liverpool eager to take caution in the growing coronavirus outbreak that has already heavily affected the world of sport.
This week’s Champions League tie between PSG and Borussia Dortmund will be played behind closed doors, and away from football, the Indian Wells tennis tournament in California has this week been cancelled over concerns about the spread of coronavirus.
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As well as the spread of the disease, the report states that Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool hierarchy favoured a pre-season in Europe even before the coronavirus outbreak, with plenty of first-team players expected to return to the club late this summer due to both the EUROs and Copa America taking part this summer.
It has surprisingly been a while since Liverpool last spent an entire pre-season in Europe, with the last time the Reds staying on the continent for the summer taking place during Roy Hodgson’s tenure with the club back in 2010, and whilst the financial benefits are there for the Reds to travel to Asia or North America due to their large fanbases, the Premier League champions in waiting are making the right call with this decision.
With a large number of first-team players set to compete in long tournaments in the summer as well as the coronavirus outbreak potentially making playing football in some part of the worlds too dangerous for both athlete and fan, Liverpool are making the correct decision that benefits every party involved.