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Liverpool stars soak up the sun ahead of showcase final

Star forward Mohamed Salah signs an autograph for a fan.
Star forward Mohamed Salah signs an autograph for a fan. / EFE
  • Jürgen Klopp's side have chosen the Marbella Football Center to train ahead of the Champions League final against Real Madrid on 26 May

With less than two weeks to go until the biggest game of the season, the Liverpool squad arrived in Marbella on Wednesday, hoping to recharge their batteries after completing a gruelling domestic campaign and begin preparations for the Champions League final against Real Madrid in Kiev on 26 May.

The squad touched down at Malaga Airport on Wednesday and the cohort was greeted by fans who took a special interest in Premier League Golden Boot winner, Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah, who stopped to sign autographs.

This may be as close as fans will get, though, as the Liverpool squad gets down to work in their initial preparations for the big final.

The Marbella Football Center, in San Pedro Alcántara, is a favourite of head coach Jürgen Klopp. He brought his Liverpool squad there on a warm-weather training camp in February and has also previously brought Borussia Dortmund during his spell there.

The complex has been chosen again this time as it can offer “complete isolation” - a request filed by club officials ahead of arrival.

Though plans are officially being kept under wraps, it is understood that the travelling group, comprising more than sixty people, will work at the Marbella Football Center installations until Saturday evening before a return to Merseyside.

The plan is to work away from the distraction of fans and journalists and to that end, the training sessions will be held behind closed doors and the timetables are being closely guarded and only revealed to the players themselves on the day.

Liverpool head coach Jürgen Klopp.

Liverpool head coach Jürgen Klopp. / EFE

The squad is staying at the La Quinta hotel and is being ferried to the Marbella Football Center by bus to keep distractions to a minimum. Despite this level of secrecy, though, the player have already been spotted cycling around Marbella, albeit with a sizeable escort.

The clash in Kiev will be the five-time winner's eighth appearance in a European Cup final. They earned their spot there after winning their group (comprising Sevilla, Spartak Moscow and Maribor), then victories in the knockout stage against Porto (5-0 on aggregate), Manchester City (5-1) and Roma (7-6).

Real Madrid will be the strong favourites on 26 May, but Salah and co, after their break in the sunshine, will be fully rested and raring to go.