The futuristic Koora Dome in Al-Wasl’s training facility was adorned by several football greats. From Ronaldinho, who has his academy in the same place, to Edgar Davids and Nicolas Anelka.
On Friday, football coaches from Pakistan were on the same synthetic 4G pitch in the air-conditioned hall. The first of its kind in the United Arab Emirates to help promote football talent by giving them the opportunity to play and learn Liverpool despite the harsh heat in the Middle East.
The program, which coaches 12 coaches for three days from Liverpool International Academy coaches, is also the first of its kind. It is indeed a pilot project chosen by the club’s title sponsors, Standard Chartered, and Pakistan Market was started. Article continues after display
Liverpool’s rapid rise to the top of English football has led the club to focus on public relations. How good this range is will be shown when 12 coaches return from each of the community centers of the Pakistani second division club Karachi United and teach the youngsters the way to Liverpool.
“It’s basically about keeping up the pace, a high press, where you can quickly regain the ball even if you lose it and move quickly to attack.” One of the coaches said to Dawn, reflecting on the philosophy of Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp, which had turned the club’s fate since it was taken over five years ago.
Klopp led Liverpool to the Champions League title last year and the European champion is well on the way to ending a 30-year drought to the English title.
Liverpool now wants to shape coaching around the world. During the three-day Train the Trainer program, Liverpool International Academy coaches Steven Gillespie and Paul O’Brien hopes to incorporate this Liverpool philosophy into the minds of the coaches.
If a Pakistani club is effectively relocated to the grassroots in Pakistan, it could one day at least face Emiratis Al-Wasl, who was once coached by Argentine legend Diego Maradona in the AFC Champions League.