Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled out new faces coming to Anfield while stressing that it will take time for Darwin Nunez to adapt to English football.
Klopp is pleased with the squad he has shaped this summer, with Nunez arriving for £85m from Benfica – a club record fee – in addition to new signings at Calvin Ramsay for £6.5m from Aberdeen and Fabio Carvalho from Fulham for an undisclosed fee .
At the end of May, Liverpool were denied a seventh European title as Real Madrid became kings of the continent once again thanks to a Vinicius Junior strike in a Champions League game ravaged by chaos. outside the Stade de France.
It means Liverpool have ended the season with just four defeats in 63 games in all competitions to fall into pain against an unprecedented back four – and Klopp has no reason to bolster his line. his team further despite selling Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich.
Klopp told Sky Sports: “Unless we get injured or don’t sell players, we have our squad. Hopefully there won’t be any breakdowns so Liverpool supporters can focus on that. different things.”
When pressed about the possibility of leaving, Klopp added: “I’m not talking about these things, you know it. Look at the result, not the process – don’t forget!”
Klopp on transfer business at rivals…
Reflecting on the business of his rivals, an observant Klopp said: “I can’t say others have so far made big mistakes in the transfer market.
“It’s clear that Tottenham were on the right track last season with their signings. Man City didn’t just bring in players, they brought two for Arsenal and one for Chelsea.
“We are in a similar situation, you can’t always go with the same team. You need fresh blood and fresh feet. The city is in the same situation as us and we are. did it in the same way, in the end, they’ll all have great footballers like us, it’s a matter of who’s going to take advantage of that.
“Everybody has the same opportunity. We will try to give our best. The main goal of this tournament is always first and foremost to qualify for the Champions League, which is already difficult.
Unless we have injuries or don’t sell players, we have our squad.
“When you get there, and there’s still time to compete for the title, you’ll do it. When you qualify for it four, five years in a row, people may not appreciate the thing. that too but it will be a big fight for the Champions League Venue.
“Everybody wants to win the Premier League but I don’t know who’s going to do the race. We’re looking to play the best season possible for ourselves and we’re really looking forward to that.”
Klopp is entering his seventh full campaign as Liverpool manager, and in the meantime the club has returned to regular competition for the Premier League title, albeit with only one winner. behind closed doors.
“The optical shift is obvious,” said Klopp, reflecting on the previous six seasons he had oversaw problems in the red half of Merseyside.
“A lot has happened since then but the idea of football has not changed. Thankfully we were able to develop it but the basics have always been the same.
“Without the intensity and counter-attacking that we want to put in and the football we play, it’s not possible, but most of all, we’ve developed a lot.
“With the ball we’ve gotten much better over the years and we’ve become a lot more consistent. Consistency comes from pre-season, so we have to get to a physical level for you can choose the performance because we don’t have time to train.
“The best training sessions we have during the season are the games, but not the whole team plays every three days.
“These are challenges that we face constantly. For us it’s normal business but that’s how the players take it. So far, it seems the boys are very open. , wants to listen and is willing to grow and improve.
“Until now, I have nothing to complain about.”
Klopp recalls with a smile how the intensity of pre-season has changed since his playing days, when the rigors of rooftop aerobics and ball work were a thought after – “we practiced too much”, he admitted – and he didn’t pay too much attention to the results of this summer’s schedule.
Liverpool face Manchester City in the Community Shield next Saturday before kicking off their Premier League campaign against Fulham at Craven Cottage on August 6. Getting ready for the competitive curtain is key for the German.
“The teams I’ve played for, we’ve trained so much. It’s unbelievable!” he continued. “We threw up after the training sessions. Sports science knew it but the coaches didn’t listen. It’s the case that more is better and more is more.
“We ran as if we were preparing for a marathon at the Olympic Games! It didn’t really help so I enjoyed the pre-season we have today more.
“From a coaching standpoint, we had a pre-season last year that lasted about four and a half weeks, I’d say that’s the bare minimum you should have. You rarely get that kind of time, and this year we’ll have three weeks together. Let’s see how we deal with that.”
Klopp has brought about a golden age in Liverpool history and believes his side can succeed again next season. Despite the loss in the Champions League final, he has fond memories of how last season ended and he observes that his team is hungry for more trophies.
“It ends the way we like it – it ends with a parade,” he insisted. “We’re going to want to celebrate even more. If there’s anything good about losing, there’s always the next day.
“If you’re smart enough, you can gather information about your failures to do better and that’s the plan. It’s obviously disappointing to lose but I got over it pretty quickly.
“The parade helped me a lot and let’s try again. It won’t make any difference if we win the league or the Champions League. I’m still sitting here wearing the same shirt and the same shorts. We will try to use it and analyze it properly.”
Klopp: We need time to get used to Nunez
Klopp enjoyed a ‘perfect night’ as Darwin Nunez scored four goals in Liverpool’s 5-0 win over RB Leipzig in the past week – and the Reds boss was encouraged by his second-half game at the Red Bull Arena.
“We need time to get to know each other,” Klopp said. “It doesn’t make any sense to think that he will be at his best after just days of training.
“The team we have is the best group I have to help settle in from the outside. A striker with his skill set will take time because it’s different from what we had before.
“We played in a different way to Benfica, so for me both sides have to adapt [the player and the existing players]. He didn’t score in his first two games, for 50 odd minutes or whatever, and we immediately faced discussions.
“It’s a crazy world out there! He then scored four goals in one game, and we’re discussing him differently.
“He’s a really nice guy, loves to be here, the players in our Hispanic community have helped him a lot and are learning English, working hard to understand the basics. version – all on the right track.”
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Liverpool kick off their 2022/23 Premier League campaign with a trip this afternoon to newly promoted Fulham on Saturday 6 August.
This will be the fourth season in a row Liverpool start a new campaign with a Premier League rookie.
But then face Crystal Palace, Jurgen Klopp’s side take on Man Utd at Old Trafford on August 22, with both matches being broadcast live on Sky Sports.
September will feature the away trips of both Everton and Chelsea in September and Liverpool will also face Arsenal and champions Man City on October 8 and 15 respectively.
Liverpool’s last game before the season pause for the winter World Cup will be against Southampton at Anfield on November 12 before returning to Aston Villa on Gifting Day.
The Reds then host arch-rivals United on March 4, before facing tough clashes over consecutive weekends at Man City (April 1) and against Arsenal at Anfield. (April 8), before the end of the season at Southampton.