Liverpool plagued with power cuts disrupting Klopp’s Leicester preparations

Liverpool have been plagued by power cuts this week as Jurgen Klopp prepares his side to face Premier League leaders Leicester on Sunday.

The reigning champions haven't had much luck lately, with first-choice centre-backs Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez both ruled out for months by long-term knee injuries.

Klopp is grappling with the worst injury crisis of his reign as Reds boss, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah also out of Sunday's Anfield showdown while several other players are recovering from knocks.

So Liverpool could have done without any further problems as they moved into their new £50million training centre this week.

But Klopp has revealed there have been some teething problems, with training disrupted by several power cuts – although he is still thrilled to move into the the state-of-the-art facility in Kirkby.

"It’s very exciting," Klopp told The Daily Mail. "Yesterday we had three power cuts in training and the managers’ meeting. You know how it is when something is new.

"But it is outstanding."

Klopp said moving into the new centre has taken him back to his days as a player – when training facilities were not nearly so advanced.

The Reds boss said: "I haven’t thought about being a player since I became a manager, but this is the first time I’ve thought, ‘Oh, that would have been nice, changing in that dressing room, swimming in that pool’.

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"We didn’t have a pool when I was a player – we had a bath which was 50 years old."

Klopp insists it was not a mistake for Liverpool to move from their previous Melwood base midway through the season – even with a big game against the current league leaders coming up.

"There was no chance for it to be finished in the summer, and we didn’t want to wait until next summer," he said of moving into the new complex.

"It fits naturally after two days. When you see the pitches for the first time, you go on your knees. You could stay there for a while because the quality is unbelievable. I’ve told the groundsmen already, ‘That’s the level we will be judging you on from now on’.

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"Nothing here at Kirkby will be the reason for not being successful in the future."

The new centre features a sanded beach volleyball court, while the first-team suite is named after veteran midfielder James Milner.

Klopp says it also allows he and his first-team players to engage with the club's younger age groups, who are also based at the complex.

"The youth teams can watch our training sessions. That’s not a problem. And it works the other way around, too," he said.

"Our guys are interested in the whole club, like Milly, like Hendo.

"They go over and watch the youth sessions. That gives those kids a massive lift when they see a first-team player next to the pitch. I’m so happy that my team have never forgotten where they came from."

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