As the Reds prepare for this summer's Tour 2014, presented by Aon, Anders Lindegaard talks to us about all aspects of pre-season training and the specific goalkeeping work he does to get ready for action...
When somebody says the word ‘pre-season’ to you, what springs to mind?
Hard work and excitement. It’s a period when you get back together with the guys and we’ve got a good locker room here, so it’s always something to look forward to. You also look forward to the pre-season tour and getting back in shape, even though it’s going to be painful and a lot of hard work; you look forward to getting back on the training pitch and playing football again. At the end of the day that’s what we all love to do.
What are the best and worst things about pre-season training?
I don’t really have a problem with all the running and the hard work but I think the worst thing about pre-season is the waiting time until the first proper game. You just want to get started again, you want to work hard all week to prepare yourself for that Saturday game, and I think that’s the hardest part about pre-season. It’s like one long window of waiting time until the season starts. The best thing about pre-season is just getting back playing football after the holiday. Getting on the pre-season tour is always a great experience with a lot of exciting things going on.
How important is it to maintain a decent standard of fitness during your summer holidays?
Very important. I guess as a top athlete today you have some kind of filter at the end, even though you probably allow yourself more things when you’re on holiday. You want to relax, you want to also mentally relax and switch your mind off from the focus you’ve been in for almost a whole year. For me personally, I guess I have some kind of filter that says, “Enough is enough”, in terms of diet. But I still live well and try and enjoy life a bit.