Liverpool quartet Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita, Daniel Sturridge and Andrew Robertson turn their hands to baking as forfeit after losing team tournament
- Five Liverpool players and one staff took to kitchen after losing training game
- Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita, Andy Robertson, Dan Sturridge were on losing team
- Their forfeit was to bake cakes for team-mates and staff at the training ground
- Alberto Moreno, Roberto Firmino and boss Jurgen Klopp stopped by to watch
- Having won all three games so far, Liverpool travel to Leicester on Saturday
Liverpool stars Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita, Andy Robertson and Daniel Sturridge donned their aprons and baked up a storm for their team-mates after losing a training ground competition.
The quartet, plus youngster Curtis Jones and fitness coach Conall Murtagh, spent their time after Wednesday’s training session rustling up carrot cakes under the watchful eye of head of nutrition Mona Nemmer.
While the six were put to work in the training ground canteen, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino watched on with glee.
Having lost the training ground competition, the Liverpool players were sent into the kitchen
Kitchen staff keep close by issue out instructions as the players carry out their forfeit
The players mix up large quantities of ingredients to make carrot cake for team-mates and staff
Nemmer and her team of kitchen staff laid out vast quantities of ingredients for the losers to work with, and were on hand to keep them on task throughout.
Vast quantities of carrots and oranges were sliced and diced up to add to the mixture as the players got their hands dirty.
Several more turned up during their task to take photos and inspect their progress after losing the aptly-named Melwood Cake Baking Tournament.
The results of their labours will be served up to team-mates and training ground staff on Thursday morning.
They may be flying on the pitch, but the players appear less coordinated in the kitchen
Daniel Sturridge chips in as he pours more mixture in while Robertson and van Dijk whisk away
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp stops by to see what they’re cooking up and take some photos
Roberto Firmino and Alberto Moreno are on hand to check the progress of their baked treats
The fresh ingredients are provided by the canteen staff and the players assemble them
Summer signing Naby Keita (left) gets to work grating enough carrot for the cakes
Liverpool have been flying on the pitch this season, recording three wins from their first three fixtures.
Next up they face a visit to Leicester, who have made an encouraging start under Claude Puel.
Yet with Manchester City dropping points at Wolves last weekend, Jurgen Klopp’s men will be keen to press home their advantage early in the season.
Curtis Jones (left) takes time to pose while cracking on with his assigned task
Moreno makes sure he takes photographic evidence as they players get stuck into baking
There is time for Virgil van Dijk (centre) to share a joke as he slices up oranges for the cake