Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that the club’s pre-season tour played a huge part in the Reds’ outstanding recent campaign.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Rodgers said, “Our tour to Asia and Australia was exceptional. The players worked extremely hard and I had them all together.
“It meant we arrived into the first game of the season on a real high.”
Last summer the Reds completed the majority of their transfer business early, bringing in Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas, Kolo Toure and Simon Mignolet quickly and seeing only Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori heading in on transfer deadline day.
The problem is: this summer is unlikely to be the same.
With the World Cup fast approaching and the majority of transfers unlikely to be completed this side of it, it means Liverpool’s next pre-season tour could be the polar opposite of the last.
While then Rodgers had practically his entire first-team squad available from the outset (excluding Luis Suarez), now a number of players will have later holidays dependent on their country’s progress in Brazil.
Similarly, while Rodgers will be hoping to get some transfer deals done prior to mid-June, the truth is World Cup years after famously difficult to complete transfer deals in prior to the main event.
Players have their minds on only one thing, and expect to see a considerable amount of deals done after the tournament, no matter how much some managers will be hoping otherwise.
Only time will tell if Liverpool can replicate or better their most recent campaign. But Rodgers’ next pre-season is unlikely to go as smoothly as the last, simply due to the number of players available to him when the Reds return to training.
That said, something tells me he will manage just fine…