Despite being barely two months into 2019, Liverpool have already been on two warm weather training camps this year. They went to Dubai for four days in January and then to Marbella for a couple of days in mid-February. Their return from the UAE was followed by consecutive draws at home to Leicester, ironically in snowy conditions, and also away at West Ham.
That dip in form meant the Reds missed their opportunity to open a commanding lead over Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table and led to criticism from some fans, who questioned the decision to take the players away to such different climates. But it’s not just Liverpool who do this: Wolves have also been to Marbella, Tottenham often break in Barcelona, and it’s a common practice amongst European clubs. Whenever there is a break of ten days or so between matches, sometimes due to a premature exit from a domestic cup competition, clubs waste no time in jetting off.
But why do they follow this practice?