Smile for the camel-ra! Naby Keita and James Milner hitch a four-legged ride in the desert during Liverpool’s warm-weather training camp in Dubai… as Joel Matip insists Reds are ‘ready’ for Manchester City Carabao Cup clash next week
- Liverpool’s players have been seen exploring the Dubai desert and riding camels
- The Reds are prepping for the Premier League restart with a warm weather camp
- Naby Keita and James Milner were hilariously seen riding a camel in the desert
- Joel Matip, meanwhile, has insisted his side are ready to face Man City next week
Liverpool’s players have been seen enjoying some team bonding in the Dubai desert as they prepare for the resumption of the Premier League.
The Reds have been undertaking a warm-weather training camp in the United Arab Emirates, and were beaten 3-1 by Olympique Lyon in the Dubai Super Cup earlier this week before Jurgen Klopps side square off against AC Milan on Friday.
Despite the loss, it appears the Liverpool side have had plenty of time for team bonding, with some of their star players heading out to the desert to explore the dunes and even ride camels.
Liverpool have been in Dubai on a training camp as they prep for the Premier League restart
James Milner (right) and Naby Keita laughed as they rode a camel in the hot Dubai desert
Their star winger Mohamed Salah took to Instagram to post a couple of hilarious clips, showing teammates Naby Keita and James Milner riding a camel.
The video shows the 36-year-old hilariously laughing at Ketia’s shocked reaction as the camel rises to its feet with the pair on it.
Liverpool have notably struggled with injuries to their midfield this season, with The Guinea midfielder being absent for large parts of the season thanks to a soft-tissue injury.
Keita looked noticeably nervous as the camel stood onto its front legs raising them into the air
But it appears he could be back fighting fit for the remainder of the season, after making a 30 minute cameo during their loss to Lyon.
Salah, who has six goals in 14 appearances this season, also posted a group photo on his Instagram showing the team stood on top of a sand dune in the middle of the desert and it looks like there is a great spirit amongst the players.
And while there seems to have been plenty of time to enjoy their time off, it’s not all been about leisure, with Joel Matip insisting that their warm-weather training camp has helped them ‘focus’ on the remainder of the season.
The Reds’ were hammered 3-1 by Lyon earlier this week in a friendly at the Dubai Super Cup
Speaking on their trip to Dubai, Matip told the club website: ‘It was something different. It’s really nice to get some sun also and to spend some time with the team to get your head completely into the game and prepare everything you need to do.
‘It’s not similar but in Germany we are used to having kind of a winter break but it’s not that long, of course. [It’s been good] to recharge the batteries and get the focus back on. It’s something nice.’
Liverpool will travel to the Etihad Stadium on December 22 where they’ll take on league rivals Manchester City for a huge Carabao Cup third round clash, which Matip says they are ‘ready’ for.
While Liverpool have been having fun, they have been doing a lot of work out in Dubai
Defender Joel Matip said that the Reds were ready to return to play against Man City next week
‘We are ready but we’ve still got some time,’ he said. ‘We want to use this time with every second and every time we get on the pitch to [try to] get better.’
The Christmas fixture cram will then set in, with Klopp’s side heading to Birmingham to take on Aston Villa on Boxing Day, before playing Leicester at home four days later.
And the Reds’ travelling won’t be done there, as they’ll open their 2023 schedule with a trip to London against Brentford.
Endurance will be a top priority during that period, with Matip suggesting the Reds have been working on ‘everyting’ while in Dubai.
‘I think it’s [a bit of] everything,’ he said when questioned on what they’d been doing in training. ‘Of course, we have to do some fitness work, but during the break you already did something for yourself.
‘So you had the base to continue directly with the ball but we work also as a team together to improve our style and get back to what makes us strong.’