After Returning … The Liverpool Captain Feels Safe and Excuses The “Frightened”
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, captain of the English Premier League, confirmed Thursday that he feels “safer” since returning to training this week, amid other players’ fears of the emerging Coronavirus.
The German coach Jurgen Klopp’s players returned to training on Wednesday in small groups at a time when the Premier League is stepping towards a resumption of competitions in June.
Although all the players and technical staff in the Premier League clubs were tested to detect the Coronavirus, French international Chelsea midfielder N’golo Kante and Watford captain and striker Troy Deeney chose not to return to training, due to fears of contracting the virus.
However, Henderson explained that he was sure everything had been done to keep players safer in Liverpool FC’s Milwood training center.
“I feel very comfortable with all the actions taken by the Premier League and the club alongside my teammates,” Henderson told Sky Sports.
“The examination, the temperature measurement, the social divergence, and sterilization, everything has been at a really high level since our return. They are doing everything they can to make us as safe as possible.”
“We feel comfortable, which is why we are here for training. I feel very safe in training, otherwise, I would not be here.”
The German Bundesliga was the first of the five major European championships that resumed its competitions last week, and Henderson hopes to allow team training in England, with the resumption of the “Premier League” next.
“We want to follow the correct protocol and follow the next steps. We want to start the group exercises with larger groups, then we hope we will resume playing again soon and not later, whenever it is safe,” he said.
Henderson explained that he understands the decision of the players in other clubs, who preferred to stay home and not to train.
“I respect their opinion completely. Everyone is in a different position at home, and in the end, if you do not feel comfortable, you should not feel compelled or pressured to return to work,” he said.
Football competitions in England, like most sports events around the world, have been stalled since mid-March, with the Corona epidemic.
The league and clubs hope to be able to resume matches, without fans, as of next June.
There are 9 stages left of the Premier League for this season, and Liverpool was in the lead, 25 points behind its closest followers, Manchester City, champion of the past two seasons, and therefore needs to win two games to clinch its first title since 1990.
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