Your morning digest for July 15th.
Jurgen Klopp’s ‘really strange’ pre-season admission
Just about everything in football has been affected by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and for the second successive summer Jurgen Klopp and his team have had to tweak their pre-season preparations as a result.
On Monday, the Liverpool squad reported back for the start of their pre-season preparations, with a twist, as the side jetted straight out to Austria instead of starting their preparations at Kirkby as they did in a pre-pandemic world.
Klopp revealed that it will be a slightly strange pre-season camp given how long Liverpool have planned to stay in Austria, four weeks, and it’s something that neither he or his players will have experienced before.
“We stay now for around about four weeks away and this is really, really strange. I never did that before.
“It’s different when you play a tournament; for example, some players did that obviously, like Euros or World Cups or African Cups or whatever.
“It’s clear they have a similar situation but it’s a preparation after a season for a short period. We prepare after a long break for a long season.
“So the training will be really intense from a specific point of view. It’s now already intense for the situation they are in
“So we have to be creative and everybody is responsible for keeping the mood up. I never experienced a situation like that – 28 days is really long. But it’s good as well.
“We have enough time to train, we have enough time to talk and when the players from the Euros or the Copa [America] come back we are hopefully able to bring them in without quarantine and these kinds of things.
“That was all important. That we can be together in the bubble, fly as a bubble together to England [so] that we don’t have to get quarantined there and all these things.
“It’s a tricky situation, but that’s the reason why we are away for quite a while.”
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Disney arrival could drive up the price for Liverpool’s broadcasting income
Liverpool could be set for a financial boost in the next round of bidding rights as the competition for the selected packages gear up.
The rights for the Premier League contracts from 2022-2025 have been awarded and the contracts are set to be dished out by the Premier League in the coming weeks.
The wealth brought in by the latest rights will have eased the headache’s of some Premier League owners as they are set to recoup some of the money that was lost during the tough times of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Although Disney ruled themselves out of interest in acquiring the Premier League rights in the short-term, their tone could change when the rights come up for renewal in the coming years.
“We have currently no plans to have live sporting events on Disney+,” said Disney’s Europe, the Middle East and Africa president Jan Koeppen in February.
Disney, through their ownership of ESPN, have extended their rights to show the tennis at Wimbledon in the US for a further 12 years to add to the $13.9bn (£10.1bn) that has been spent on securing rights for the NFL, La Liga, NHL, and NCAA collegiate sports in the US. The combined length of those deals comes in at 43 years.
ESPN previously held the Premier League rights in the UK but closed down its operation in country in 2013 after losing out in the bidding process to BT Sport.
The stronger the competition for the Premier League rights, the wealthy Liverpool, and the 19 other clubs, will become as a result. Due to multiple bidders driving the price up.
You can read the full story here from David Powell.
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