Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp thinks that his players need to work on their fitness levels ahead of the Premier League. Liverpool have spent quite a chunk of money this summer and are serious title contenders.
Klopp told the club’s website, “We need to get back the freshness, for one thing, and the other thing we still need to work on is endurance. The boys are not all on the same level, you can see that. We need to play the first game somehow. Then we have another eight days because we play on Sunday and Monday. That is another pre-season week, I cannot change that. That’s the challenge we have now. First of all, we have to make sure we have a good team for Tuesday and then for Sunday, then we have to prepare the next one. There’s still a lot of work to do.”
Liverpool’s pre-season has gone pretty well as they beat the likes of Napoli and Manchester United by huge margins. “I saw a lot of things (against Napoli) we were good in,” said Klopp. “I saw a lot of things we have to improve – not we should, we have to improve. In different moments we lost our compact formation when they played football. 5-0 sounds really clear and it is clear, but we all saw in the first half they had a lot of moments where they were in our box. Being in our box three times alone in front of the goalkeeper should not happen. It was only because of the formation, we were not compact enough in these situations.”
The Reds play their final pre-season game against Torino today before beginning their Premier League campaign against West Ham on Sunday.