Liverpool arrived in Germany for the next stage of their pre-season preparations on Wednesday and Jürgen Klopp has explained how the squad are aiming to improve in all areas whilst away in the manager’s homeland this week.
The Reds confirmed the 30 players that have travelled to Germany earlier on Wednesday, with Sadio Mané, Andrew Robertson, Emre Can and Danny Ings all involved.
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Liverpool will be based in an area around 35 miles south of Munich, where the Audi Cup will be held next week. Asked about his hopes for the camp, Klopp said:
“We didn’t want to be actually in Munich because we wanted a proper camp.
“When we heard we would be part of the Audi Cup we decided to stay in this place. It’s a fantastic area – maybe the most beautiful area in the whole of Germany.
“It will be a really good camp. We have fantastic games with Hertha and then the Audi Cup so it’s really exciting.
“We will try everything to become a confident, strong, powerful and tactically smart side. That’s the plan.”
Klopp has also revealed that Liverpool have been playing their pre-season friendlies after completing a full training session beforehand and has confirmed that will remain the case in Germany.
“We are still playing out of full training.
“We had a crazy session in Hong Kong before we played Crystal Palace. They did six times 1000m in that heat!
“Then we played Leicester on the back of full training too. It’s been hard but we need to create these difficult moments. It’s the pre-season so it’s got to be testing.
“If you win a game, cool, it can help you. If you lose a game it doesn’t feel good but it can still help you. We want to win these games.”
A year ago, Klopp took his squad to the USA for his first pre-season with Liverpool. Asked how this year’s preparations for the new season have compared to last, Klopp said:
“It’s not easier this year but it’s different.
“A lot of the things we did last summer we have to do again. When you have some new players and a few players coming back who haven’t been involved for a few months then you need to keep doing things again and again.
“It’s just a little bit more normal now because we’ve already had a full season working together. I know more about the boys and they know more about me.
“Actually, I am happy with the circumstances so far. We really did exactly what we wanted to do in Hong Kong.
“And we did it much more difficult circumstances than what I thought it would be. It was really good and now we’ll enjoy the camp in Germany.”