Jürgen Klopp has said missing out on the Premier League and Champions League title in May has not driven Liverpool “crazy” but can increase their motivation to win the two top honors this season.
Liverpool begin the new campaign at the King Power Stadium with Saturday’s Community Shield against Manchester City, which propelled them into the league by a point on the final day of last season. Klopp’s side lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid six days later. Liverpool have won the FA Cup and Carabao Cup and Klopp believes their success will ensure ‘everyone wants to hurt us’ this term, although he is adamant there will be no hangovers after the end of last season.
“It’s sport,” the Liverpool manager said. “Both teams [Liverpool and City] play at an incredibly high level and one thing makes the difference, like a goal in the Champions League final for example. It’s part of the deal. This can happen at the end of the season with the points tally. It didn’t drive me crazy and it didn’t drive players crazy either. Because that’s part of the deal. We can use it to be even more determined. There are no guarantees for any kind of results. We won’t win a football game this season because we won it last season, not at all because it makes things even more difficult. Everyone wants to hurt us, win against us, get a point against us, so it will be really difficult but we will try.
The Premier League champions have strengthened this summer with the signings of Erling Haaland and Kalvin Phillips but Klopp believes Liverpool, who bought Darwin Núñez, Fábio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay, can also improve on a season that had ambitions of a unprecedented quadruple until the final. the week. “First of all, we also spent money, we shouldn’t forget that,” he said. “We lost three first-team players – Sadio [Mané]Divock [Origi]taki [Minamino], very important players for us – and brought three of them. We want to create a space for our young boys from last year to step into the void.
“We had a big meeting where I told the boys what I expected from them next year. I want to use the unity we have, the atmosphere we have in the team and our experience to be better. We can get closer, we can be clearer in the things we do. The things we do are good. Can we do better? Yes. Will it always lead to a better result? This “It’s not possible because we’ve won a lot of games, but in terms of performance we can definitely improve. We want to create resilience and a fighting spirit.
“Being angry is important to fight against the outside world,” he added. “All these things we can do. We don’t know where it will take us, but we know it will improve us. We don’t have to reinvent ourselves, it’s not necessary, but we can include new things here and there. That’s really what we’re working on. »
Liverpool will be without their first- and second-choice goalkeepers at the King Power Stadium with Alisson understudy Caoimhín Kelleher facing a further two to three weeks on the sidelines. Adrián will be a substitute. Klopp says his side may not be ready for the Community Shield due to a short pre-season and thinks both teams need time to integrate their new marquee forwards. He explained: “We watched the Bayern game and it wasn’t too different. Erling scored a goal for Manchester City, from a square ball into the penalty area, and so far that hasn’t changed much. They have the same problem as us – they are not used to the natural tracks of Erling, just as we are not yet used to the natural tracks of Darwin. When Darwin proposes a run he is always given the ball, which is not helpful because often a guy stretching the opponent is there to create space between the lines.
“I’m pretty sure they will need time for Erling, but that doesn’t mean he can’t score already like he did against Bayern. Most things look like last year, how they have set up the press, how flexible they are in their possession. It’s good, very very good, but for now no real change is noticeable.