With the Champions League final in Kiev under two weeks away as Liverpool hope to stun back-to-back champions Real Madrid, the Reds need every advantage they can get and Jurgen Klopp feels his side may have one.
“It helped [having seven days rest between Chelsea and Brighton],” he told the media as reported by the club’s official website.
“A few people asked me already if it’s too long – no, it’s perfect! It’s for us like a little pre-season to the game.
“Everyone can imagine that the boys now need a little bit of rest, we give them two days then we go on a little camp and will not train [at] high intensity. We will do a little tactical stuff, a little fitness work, keep them in shape and then five days again to prepare for the last game. That’s really what we need now and we are all happy about that.
“It was unbelievably intense again, the relief is a much bigger feeling than the happiness. It’s difficult to stand on your feet, that big is the relief. The pressure was immense what we had in the last few weeks, but the boys dealt really well with it and that’s a big, big thing.”
The German is right to point to the break, which will be emphasized by the number of injuries which have hit his team, particularly in midfield. The likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Emre Can are expected to miss out whilst James Milner was also missing for the final Premier League game of the season.
Real Madrid’s squad may have much more depth but will have only one week’s rest, compared to Liverpool’s 13 days, which may level the playing field slightly.
With Zinedine Zidane having told MARCA that he is not sure if Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit to feature in the last league game of the campaign, it could mean that he will be rusty coming into the tie having been sidelined for three weeks after taking a knock to his ankle in the Clasico.
Los Blancos have little to play for in the final weeks of the season, unlike Liverpool, but Jurgen Klopp now has two weeks to work on his team’s tactics and keep them fresh and firing ahead of the tie.
With a 4-0 victory putting the icing on the cake of their season domestically, the Reds can go into their break with confidence and will travel to Spain for a training camp, according to MARCA, to refresh and prepare for their biggest challenge of the season yet.