Manager Jurgen Klopp has urged Liverpool’s team to use the disappointment of last season’s Premier League and Champions League exits as motivation to challenge for both trophies in the new campaign.
Liverpool won the League Cup and FA Cup last year, but Real Madrid lost 1-0 in the Champions League final in May and missed out on defeat to Manchester City by one point.
“Both teams (Liverpool and City) play at an incredibly high level and one thing makes a difference, like one goal in the Champions League final for example,” Klopp told reporters before the Liverpool Community Match Shield against Manchester City.
“That’s part of the deal. That can happen at the end of the season and the head count. It didn’t make me mad, and it didn’t make the players mad. Because it’s part of the agreement. We can use it to make more difficult decisions.”
Liverpool’s game against City later on Saturday could also give fans their first look at the club’s new signings, Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez, in the league.
Both players have played during the season, Nunez scoring four against RB Leipzig while Haaland scored for City against Bayern Munich, but Klopp played down expectations, saying the forwards still need time to adapt to the their new team.
“(City) have the same problem we have – they haven’t used Erling’s natural run, just like we haven’t used Darwin’s natural run,” Klopp said.
“When Darwin runs, we always give him the ball, which doesn’t help because often the opponent’s defender is there to create space between the lines.
“I’m sure they’ll need time for Erling but that doesn’t mean he can’t score like he did against Bayern.”
Liverpool kick off their campaign with a trip to Fulham on August 6.
Klopp calls on Liverpool to draw inspiration from Premier League, Champions League – SABC News
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