Liverpool have ditched an internal Christmas lunch for their players due to Covid-19.
And boss Jurgen Klopp admits his stars have had to mix in a different way during the pandemic with bonding lunches, days out and dinner’s all on the banned list.
Klopp has been delighted at the way new stars like Thiago, Diogo Jota and Konstantinos Tsimikas have been integrated into the Anfield dressing room – with no bonding days to welcome them and Christmas cancelled at the club.
“I don’t think we can do anything this year because I don’t think it’s possible because we all stick to the same rules” explains Klopp.
“I have no idea what the rules will be at that time. But even a lunch inside the club no, we can’t.
“It might have been possible because we eat here normally and have lunch here pretty much every day together but everything has to be socially distanced.
“So for us this year it will not happen and it is a challenge for all of us to build the group without these type of events.
“It’s a big task for the boys to be open enough when new players came in without having a night out where they will know each other on a different level.
“We didn’t have too many new players this year but we had some new players so that was the challenge for the boys and they did really well which all happened without a party because there was no opportunity.
“I wish for normality to be back as much as anybody. But the Christmas party for the team and fancy dress will not happen at all for sure, no.”