Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has discussed some of the methods used on the practice pitch by charismatic boss Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds entered the international break at the top of the Premier League table for the first time since 2014, with eight wins from their opening 11 matches, and 30 goals scored.
England international Sturridge believes that the success under Jurgen Klopp is all down to preparation.
“It’s very tactical based,” Sturridge said. “I couldn’t tell you the last time we played five-a-side.
“Maybe the day after a game, the players who didn’t play will go four v four, but we never really have small sided games.
“We might do a shooting session but there’s a lot else going on with the passing that’s involved. You have to be on point. You need to be focused. You don’t want to be the one who messes it up.”
The 27-year-old insisted that the results this season have been down to the relaxed nature of the training sessions.
“It’s very tactical, preparing for the opposition. In football, not may clubs do double sessions during the season but we have the opportunity to do it with no Europe and we can use that time.
“The first session is usually a bridge session for the second one. It’s more relaxed. The second session is more intense.”
Setting an example
Sturridge spoke to students from the Liverpool FC Foundation College, with team-mate Emre Can, during a recent visit to Melwood
“Everyone’s set of friends has an influence on them. It can make or break your life. They are supposed to push you in the right direction and help you be the best you can be as a person.
“Have belief in yourself, work on your weaknesses and never give up. You have to separate yourself from everyone else. Unless you are that one diamond shining amongst the dirt you won’t get noticed.”
“If you’re going to be a coach, be a good man manager,” Sturridge said.
“The majority of players like a manager who is honest with them. You need to gain the respect of your players.
“We need to understand what he wants from us and we need to buy into that. Gain that trust and then players will do anything for you.”