Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says none of his players will be forced to train against their will.
A number of Premier League players returned to training on Tuesday after clubs were allowed to resume in groups. And Klopp has made a vow not to endanger any of his players while insisting none of his squad will be forced to train against their will.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the training methods have changed with social distancing measures and widespread testing in force to safeguard players and staff.
“It is the players’ choice and that is clear. I said before the session, ‘You are here on free will. Usually, you sign a contract and you have to be in when I tell you, but in this case, if you don’t feel safe, you don’t have to be here'”, Klopp told the Sky Sports.
“There are no restrictions, no punishment, nothing. It’s their own decision and we respect that 100 percent.
“The boys are all here, the first group of 10 players, then the next session will start, and another 10 players will be in, and then another five in the afternoon. We will see if they show up but so far, we know they will because they would have called us.”
“The boys are fine. We would never put anybody in danger to do what we want to do. Yes, we love football, yes, it’s our job, but it’s not more important than our lives or the lives of other people.”
A number of Liverpool players including Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson were pictured in training ground on Tuesday.