Liverpool will take advantage of a gap in their fixture list to complete a training break in Dubai later this month.
The Liverpool Echo reports that Jurgen Klopp is planning to bring his squad away to the UAE following next Saturday’s home game against Crystal Palace.
The Reds exit from the FA Cup means they have an 11-day break after the Palace game on January 19, before they entertain Leicester on January 30.
Klopp’s side spent four days in Dubai last January when players and staff travelled to the Emirates for a relaxing break after the club’s FA Cup win over Everton.
Here, we detail more information about the trip.
WHERE ARE THE REDS STAYING?
Situated next to Dubai Marina, the Westin will likely be the spot where Liverpool stay, given Klopp had his side based there in 2018.
WHERE ARE THE REDS TRAINING?
Though it is not confirmed, it is likely Liverpool will train at the hotel, with its large gym, short running track, astro turf football pitch and beach facilities.
WILL THE ENTIRE SQUAD TRAVEL?
As it stands, yes. It will also be Mohamed Salah’s second visit to the Emirates in three weeks following his short trip to collect the Outstanding Arab Athlete award at the annual Mohammed Bin Rashid Creative Sports Award in Dubai during the week.
Jesse Lingard wants to put on a show at Tottenham as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United look to continue their excellent recent form.
Last month’s decision to sack Jose Mourinho has brought an immediate turnaround in fortunes, style and backroom contentment.
Caretaker manager Solskjaer has emulated Sir Matt Busby’s five-match winning start to life at the helm in all competitions, although the level of opponent has yet to provide the 1999 treble hero with a genuine test.
Sunday’s Wembley clash with Tottenham is sure to be their toughest match to date, but Lingard expressed the confidence around the United squad after bonding further on a warm-weather training camp in Dubai.
“It’s going to be tough but, with the run we’ve been on at the moment and the form we’ve had, we back ourselves 100 per cent,” Lingard said.
“So, we go there with the full intention of winning and getting the three points. We’re on a great run at the moment, so to carry it on against Tottenham and to get the win would be perfect.”
It is also a chance for United to exact revenge after Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino – the favourite to takeover at Old Trafford next summer – oversaw an eye-catching 3-0 win at Old Trafford in August.
While it was Mourinho’s biggest ever home defeat as a manager, there appears to have been little lasting negative impact on those that played.
Lingard started that loss but the renewed positive emphasis under Solskjaer means entertainment is his main focus.
He told MUTV: “It’ll be exciting. Obviously, as a Man United team, we’re there to entertain and get people off their seats, so that’s what we’ll be looking to do.
“They are always exciting games (against Tottenham). They have always been entertaining so hopefully we can put on a show and put on a performance.”
Lingard will be hoping to continue his own fine form after a stop-start opening few months.
The England attacking midfielder netted four times over the last five weeks and has fond memories of Wembley, where he has scored in the FA Cup, EFL Cup and Community Shield showpieces as well as shone for his country.
“I think it’s very important,” Lingard said of his goal return.
“Obviously as an attacking player, goals, assists and winning matches are the most important things and us as forwards have been doing well at the moment.
Hopefully we can carry it on for the rest of the season.”
Paul Pogba is available for the clash against Spurs, having recovered from the leg issue that kept him out of last weekend’s FA Cup clash with Reading and missed the start of the trip to Dubai.
Marcos Rojo has returned to his native Argentina as his injury is taking longer to heal than anticipated, while Chris Smalling is a doubt and Eric Bailly completes a three-match suspension.
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If Mauricio Pochettino is indeed interested in the Manchester United job he is being so heavily linked with, then Sunday’s clash with his potential future employers presents the ideal opportunity to make an impression.
The Red Devils are riding the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wave, winning all five of their games since the Norwegian took charge.
However, they face a tough test when they travel to Wembley and take on Spurs who are still in the Premier League title race.
Here’s how Pochettino can show off his tactical nous and burst United’s bubble.
RUNS BEYOND KANE
Harry Kane has played in a withdrawn role quite often this season and while his deeper average position compared to some of his team-mates seemed like irregularities early on in the campaign, it’s recently emerged as a clear strategy.
The striker dutifully drops deep, dragging a defender out of position with him and opening up channels for runners like Son Heung-min and Dele Alli to attack.
This tactical ploy also affords a normally heavily marked Kane to then ghost into the box and get on the end of crosses or cut-backs. He doesn’t have quite as many touches in the box as a result but his goal threat remains high while aiding the team’s attacking options.
ERIKSEN DROPS DEEP
Eriksen has been one of the midfield runners benefitting in the final third from Kane’s deeper role but he may have a different task on his hands against United.
The Red Devils have shown under Solskjaer that they’re keen to press the opposition’s defence and while Spurs will look to bypass that by going long to Kane, if they do so at every opportunity, they risk surrendering too much possession.
A shorter out-ball to Eriksen should the Dane drop deep and make himself available will help them maintain some control on proceedings. The midfield maestro can then act as a launching pad for a substantial chunk of their attacks with his excellent long passing.