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Jurgen Klopp building Liverpool towards match fitness for Merseyside derby

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The Reds are 25 points clear at the top of the table.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says having the whole group back together is a "massive, massive lift" as the Reds prepare to wrap up a first league title in 30 years.

English football has been on hold since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic but 'Project Restart' is well under way and the Premier League is set resume on June 17.

Assuming the restart goes ahead, it will be a matter of when rather than if Liverpool win the Premier League given Klopp's men boast a 25-point lead over nearest rivals Manchester City.

The Reds stepped up their preparations by resuming contact training in recent days, with Klopp looking to hit the ground running in the postponed Merseyside derby.

"We don't have to be match-fit now," he told Liverpoolfc.com.

"We try it with increasing intensity, day by day, but we have to be fit on the 19th or 20th, whichever day they will give us against Everton, I think. That's the moment when we want to be at 100 per cent.

"It's round about three weeks until then, that's good. We want to use that and we will.

"It's our pre-season; how I said, we don't expect a long break in between the seasons, so this is a very important period for us.

"We never had nine weeks without football training in our lives – since we played football, pretty much. That's all different but interesting as well.

"We enjoy the situation, that's really all good. And it makes all the difference for us, to be honest, to come together and have this hour or two here together.

"You get this contact, feedback as well on the pitch directly, not via a computer or a screen. It's a massive, massive lift."

Klopp says having the squad together again has been "absolutely brilliant", allowing them to step up tactical work as the resumption edges closer amid a much-changed backdrop.

Social distancing and rigorous hygiene regimes will remain in place when action resumes next month, with Liverpool now awaiting confirmation on schedules and venues.

"That's what we were all waiting for," Klopp said. "But now it's always like this. You were waiting for that, somebody tells us we could start, that's good.

"Now we know, from a training point of view, what we have to do when and when we have to be at 100 per cent in the best way, how we can train in different intensities. That was very important.

"Now, of course, it's more and more interesting when we play where, the times are really important because we will see how we can organise the travel stuff. So, the situation keeps us busy, that's absolutely OK.

"But on the pitch everything is fine, that's really great. Around, we organise it as good as possible and use the situation."

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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CLiverpool33292272254789
2Manchester CityMan City33213981344766
3Chelsea341861063461760
4Leicester CityLeicester34178964323259
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd331510856332355
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves33131374536952
7Arsenal34121485042850
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs33139115244848
9Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd33121293433148
10Burnley33137133746-946
11Everton33128134048-844
12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle331110123545-1043
13Southampton33134164255-1343
14Crystal Palace34119143043-1342
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton33812133544-936
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham3387184058-1831
17Watford34710173153-2231
18Aston Villa3376203662-2627
19Bournemouth3376203259-2727
20Norwich CityNorwich3456232663-3721
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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CLiverpool33292272254789
2Manchester CityMan City33213981344766
3Chelsea341861063461760
4Leicester CityLeicester34178964323259
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd331510856332355
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves33131374536952
7Arsenal34121485042850
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs33139115244848
9Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd33121293433148
10Burnley33137133746-946
11Everton33128134048-844
12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle331110123545-1043
13Southampton33134164255-1343
14Crystal Palace34119143043-1342
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton33812133544-936
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham3387184058-1831
17Watford34710173153-2231
18Aston Villa3376203662-2627
19Bournemouth3376203259-2727
20Norwich CityNorwich3456232663-3721
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