By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Liverpool stars and their families are jetting overseas for a sunshine training camp before the next round of Premier League games, according to a report.
The club’s non-international players are flying with the coaching staff to Tenerife on Monday for a week-long, warm weather camp.
Many of Jurgen Klopp’s charges will be representing their countries over the next fortnight, but the non-international players are flying to the largest of Spain’s Canary islands with the club.
The decision to jet overseas was made before Sunday’s 3-2 Premier League defeat to Southampton, a match which Liverpool were leading 2-0 midway through the second half.
Klopp believes the squad will benefit from getting away from Melwood and being put through their paces in temperatures of 20-plus degrees. Intriguingly, the Liverpool Echo claim the manager has also invited players’ wives, girlfriends and children on the trip.
They are all scheduled to return to Merseyside on Friday.
Among those players expected to head for Tenerife are Jon Flanagan, Kolo Toure, Steven Caulker, Tiago Ilori, Jose Enrique, Joao Carlos Teixeira, Cameron Brannagan, Jordan Rossiter and Kevin Stewart, as well as a number of Academy youngsters.
Nathaniel Clyne, Jordan Henderson, Daniel Sturridge, James Milner and Adam Lallana are all going away with England, while Simon Mignolet, Christian Benteke and Divock Origi will link up with the Belgium squad.
Emre Can (Germany), Dejan Lovren (Croatia), Philippe Coutinho (Brazil), Mamadou Sakho (France), Joe Allen (Wales), Martin Skrtel (Slovakia), Brad Smith (Australia), Jordon Ibe (England Under-21s) and Sheyi Ojo (England Under-19s) also have international commitments.
Roberto Firmino had to withdraw from the Brazil squad due to a hamstring injury and will continue to have treatment, along with the likes of Alberto Moreno (hamstring) and Lucas Leiva (thigh).