Liverpool have improved but need to be more clinical, Klopp says


Liverpool have improved but need to be more clinical, Klopp says

Good pre-seasons don't create excitement but they can certainly add to the positive vibe already there and wins over admittedly depleted Man City and Man Utd sides, a 5-0 thumping of Napoli and a 3-1 cruise against Torino on Tuesday, have added to the belief that Liverpool mean business. That is the goal of the club now and we are looking forward to this season getting started.

One of Liverpool's new faces is a doubt though, as BBC Sport have revealed that midfielder Fabinho could miss out due to an illness. More clinical. More aggressive in the right moments. We need to improve everything.

"If you ask me whether it is the best squad I have ever had or whatever I don't think about that because it is not about what we have now it is about what we make of it, how often we deliver, how often we bring ourselves in a mood to fight with these Premier League teams who want to have our points". We saw the game against Chelsea, they are top quality.

Shaqiri's spells with first club FC Basel and Bayern yielded honours including five domestic titles and the 2012-13 Champions League - and he is targeting further success with Liverpool. But it's not only hard for us, it's hard for the other teams as well. We have to be in this championship mood.

"I don't think too much about what we have to do in general". Step by step, we have come closer. That's the plan - to really go for it.

Liverpool will be without Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan for Sunday's opener, while checks will be made on the fitness Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

Trent Alexander-Arnold returned sooner than expected from his extended holiday after the 2018 FIFA World Cup and should start ahead of Nathaniel Clyne at right-back.

"The scan was clear, I heard you all know he had a scan so maybe at one point we can change that as well", Klopp said.

"This is my fourth year in the Premier League now so I know how they play and how good they are", he continued.

"[They] are all in a different shape". You see what happens around and see how Wolverhampton act, how Fulham act, how Everton act, a lot of clubs are all ambitious.

"We have to be more consistent", Klopp said.