By Amir Mir
Liverpool have decided to recharge their batteries with a winter training camp in Barcelona – but have left behind injured duo Philippe Coutinho and Danny Ings and four emerging stars.
Goal claim manager Jurgen Klopp and the senior player committee chaired by Jordan Henderson as captain took the decision to have a mini-break in the Spanish capital ahead of a busy period.
The Merseyside club are four points off leaders Chelsea in the Premier League table and are aiming to lift their first English league crown in nearly three decades.
Liverpool’s title credentials will be tested this month when they take on Merseyside rivals Everton on December 19, before rounding off 2016 by hosting Manchester City at Anfield.
Along with the senior duo Coutinho and Ings, impressive youngsters Ben Woodburn, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ovie Ejaria and Marko Grujic have also stayed behind in England.
It is said the Reds, who flew out on Sunday, wanted to “relax, refresh and reinforce the methodology that has underpinned an impressive start to 2016-17 ahead of an intense festive period.”
However, Klopp’s title push did stall at the weekend when Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth defeated them 4-3, with Chelsea loanee Nathan Ake earning the home side a late winner.
The report also states that prior to flying back on Merseyside for their clash against West Ham on Sunday, they will head to the Nou Camp on Tuesday as guests of Barcelona v Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League.
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