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Back in action this weekend, the Liverpool squad returned to the daily grind following their winter mini-break.
With a game against Norwich coming up, Jurgen Klopp and his merry band of runaway Premier League leaders reconvened at Melwood — and morale looked understandably high.
In fact, there appeared to be a huge smile on just about everybody’s face despite the temperatures dipping around freezing on Merseyside as Storm Ciara hit the UK.
The Reds also debuted a brand new line of winter training kit, resplendent in what the club is calling teal but to us is more reminiscent of spearmint toothpaste.
Braving the cold in matching hat and snood, Roberto Firmino was all smiles — as per usual.
Mohamed Salah was either having immense fun or succumbing to the first stages of acute frostbite.
James Milner could hardly believe what he was seeing.
Looking to maintain their 22-point lead at the summit, Klopp’s side return to Premier League duty this coming Saturday when they travel to face Norwich in the late kick-off.
Arsenal enjoy pranks and camel rides on winter break
With a few days rest pencilled into their schedule, Arsenal are out in Dubai on a warm-weather training excursion.
As well as working up a sweat in the Emirates, the squad have also been entitled to a little rest and relaxation — though that’s easier said than done with arch-prankster David Luiz on the prowl.
David Luiz has no chill 😂
(Via davidluiz_4/instagram) pic.twitter.com/cKHUnuOcjI
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) February 10, 2020
Birthday boy Lucas Torreira also fell prey to one of Luiz’s japes, with the Brazilian defender snaring his teammate with a classic “fake selfie” prank.
🤳 A birthday selfie ❌
🎥 A birthday prank ✅
📸 DavidLuiz_4 on IG pic.twitter.com/KGHFQVPxBy
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) February 11, 2020
The Gunners also enjoyed a little team outing to the desert, where they went on a safari adventure.
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) February 10, 2020
That’s it. That’s the tweet.
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) February 10, 2020
New signing Cedric Soares also kicked off his Arsenal career with a humpback ride as well as a sample of the local entertainment.
Great trip to Dubai! Really enjoyed training and getting to know all the lads over the last few days. Now heading back to UK to continue preparations for upcoming matches. C’mon @Arsenal! 🔴⚪ #Arsenal #GOYG #training #team #together #work pic.twitter.com/vEDo1owoVS
— Cédric Soares (@OficialCedric) February 11, 2020
Arsenal are now in the process of returning to London in preparation for Sunday’s Premier League clash against Newcastle as they look to extend their unbeaten run to an eighth game.
Neymar shows off ANOTHER new hairstyle after revealing he models himself on Beckham
Neymar has a new look … again 👀
(via neymarjr/Instagram) pic.twitter.com/melC09oCzM
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) February 10, 2020
Neymar sprang a surprise on his legion of Instagram followers this week by unveiling his latest hairstyle.
Having watched PSG in action at the weekend sporting bright pink hair, Neymar posted a selfie the following day to debut a new bold — and altogether more bald — look.
The Brazilian striker captioned the image “Bonde duuus Karekaa” which translates into English as something approximating “The Bald Gang”.
Could it be that Neymar has officially joined Jose Mourinho’s freshly cropped clan, with the Tottenham coach having shaved his head recently after, he jokingly claimed, “falling asleep at the barbers”.
Maybe Neymar is simply reinventing himself as a grizzled veteran in preparation for his big move to David Beckham’s MLS franchise, Inter Miami.
The two met recently for a friendly chat that began with Neymar revealing he modelled himself on Becks and ultimately ended with Becks “signing” Neymar for his new team — albeit after taking a bit of a salary cut.
“I’m going to get you to sign a piece of paper after. A blank piece of paper,” Beckham said.
“It’s going to be a contract for Miami, for ten years’ time.
“We’re not going to pay much!” he hastily added before the pair shook hands.