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‘Liverpool spirits are high despite virus lockdown’

By AFP
March 28, 2020

LONDON: Jurgen Klopp says the mood at Liverpool is upbeat despite the coronavirus lockdown, even admitting he has tried to copy Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s dance moves to keep himself occupied.

The Premier League leaders were on the verge of their first top-flight title for 30 years when English football was suspended earlier this month.The virus shutdown has since been extended until at least April 30 but Liverpool do not know when, or if, they will get a chance to complete the job. Klopp said his players’ spirits remained high despite the frustrations of having no football to play and praised the efforts of his backroom staff who are looking after the players’ fitness.

“We spoke a couple of times, we have a really intense, big, big group chat -- the whole of Melwood (training ground) are in that,” he said, speaking to the club’s website by videolink from his home. “The boys are really lively in that, the boys are just interested in what everybody is doing, comments on what everybody is doing -- if Ox is on Instagram or whatever.”

Midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain and his girlfriend, Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards, performed a dance routine, which she posted on social media.Teammate James Milner played up to his “boring James Milner” tag by posting a video of himself cutting his grass with a ruler and scissors. Klopp praised the efforts of Liverpool and other clubs in helping support more vulnerable members of the community during the current crisis. And he urged people to abide by the lockdown.