Mo Salah and his Liverpool teammates have begun training again after a coronavirus induced Premier League hiatus since March 13.
The Liverpool number 11, arrived at their training ground, Melwood, after the Premier League officially began training again, in preparation for a potential restart on June 12. However, it looks like this date will again be moved back, either to June 19 or June 26.
Salah looked happy to be back on the pitch doing what he does best.
Earlier in the week clubs in the Premier League had begun training again, with new measures in place to ensure the safety of staff and players.
Over 700 coronavirus tests have been conducted within the teams in England’s top flight. In addition, players are being asked to use an app to track any symptoms on a daily basis.
Currently, no contact training is allowed, which means no tackling. Instead, teams are looking at other ways to practice and make ready for the restart while also adhering to social distancing.
Earlier in the week Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp spoke about plans to divide the teams into smaller groups, running separate training sessions, and focusing on “the little things”. That means getting a feel for the ball again, the pitch, soft passes, hard passes and little finishes.
The move to return to training comes after Germany’s Bundesliga began playing matches in empty stadiums last week.
Matches continue but players are already breaking social distancing conventions. Hertha Berlin broke the rules by celebrating together in a huddle during their 3-0 win over Hoffenheim.
No doubt, it will take some time to adjust to the new rules, especially in the heat of a game.
In the UK, the coronavirus testing produced 6 positive tests, 3 of which were at Watford Football club, causing concern among the team’s players, some of whom are unhappy about the restart.
Elsewhere in Europe, approaches have differed. In France, Ligue 1 abandoned their season and awarded Paris Saint Germain the title on a points per game basis. In Holland, they voided the season but there will be not title winners as the leading teams, Ajax and AZ Alkmaar were on the same points.