Jurgen Klopp believes it is right – and safe – for football to lead the way in reopening Britain after the end of lockdown.
The Liverpool manager admitted he is overjoyed at the prospect of getting back out on the training pitch with his squad on Wednesday, as the Champions-elect resume with small group training.
And he offered a passionate argument that the sport can provide a model for how to reopen “parts of life” again, with by taking small, safe steps to eventually getting back to playing matches – just as they have done in Germany.
“It is safe,” Klopp said with some emphasis in an interview on the club’s tv channel. “Nobody wants to bring anybody into danger, but I think with all the things we know about, the players will be safe.
“With testing as often as possible Germany showed it already. They had 10 or 12 positive tests, and now they play already. That shows we (can) create a ‘society’ in which we really make sure nothing will happen.
“That football is closer to coming back I think is really a good sign for people as well.”
Klopp says it is not a question of if the UK will reopen its businesses and wider society, but when.
And he believes with the practices the Premier League will put in place, with stringent isolation rules, constant testing and health monitoring, it is now the perfect moment for football to lead the way.
“It’s now a good moment to do it for the football teams. Then other things, for sure, will follow,” he said.
“It’s all about when – but everybody agrees you need to re-open step by step different parts of life again.
“Again, it’s not about what is the most important thing, because that’s clear: dealing with the virus, making sure all the people are safe. But then, from a specific moment on, you have to start with the future again.”
Klopp has offered some real insight into how Liverpool have prepared their training ground to ensure that players can stick to social distancing rules and Premier League guidelines.
He revealed that includes a elaborate one way system that could be bad news for players desperate to use the toilet!
“You should see Melwood; what Ray Haughan (team admin manager) organised there, it’s unbelievable. It’s all one-way, so we will not meet.
“We meet on the training pitch but then you have to walk because we have to keep distance. If you are in the wrong point and want to go to the toilet, then it’s a really long way because you cannot just turn around and go back, you have to go the whole way!
“We do whatever we have to do o stay safe, also keep other people safe, and still be able to play football.”
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