Jürgen Klopp insists he is ‘fine’ with Liverpool opening the season with a draw against Wacker Innsbruck and Stuttgart in Austria… with Divock Origi and Sadio Mane on target in 30-minute games
- Liverpool equalized with Wacker Innsbruck and Stuttgart to start pre-season
- Divock Origi and Sadio Mané scored for the Reds in the 30-minute games
- Jurgen Klopp admitted there were areas for improvement, but saw what he expected
- The German does not expect Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez to compete against Mainz
Jurgen Klopp insisted he was pleased with Liverpool’s showings in their first pre-season games, but admitted there was ‘a lot of room for improvement’ for his side.
The Reds started their preseason preparation with a back-to-back 1-1 draw in 30-minute games against Wacker Innsbruck and Stuttgart as part of their training camp in Austria.
Divock Origi was on target in the 1-1 draw with the Austrian outfit, while Sadio Mane scored the leveler against the German Bundesliga side.
Jurgen Klopp insisted he was happy with Liverpool’s showings in their first pre-season games
Sadio Mané (right) scored for the Reds in their 1-1 draw with Bundesliga side Stuttgart
And speaking on the club’s official website after the Reds’ training, Klopp admitted he was happy to see ‘a wild press’ and while insisting there were areas to work on, revealed that he saw what he expected.
“It was training and it was good,” said the German. “Physically it was all we wanted to see, we had to do it and for that it was an important test. From a football point of view, of course, a lot of room for improvement; I saw a lot of game pressing.
“We wanted a wild press, we had a little competition between the two teams to see who gets the ball back more and how many counter pressures we have. We will have to think about the prize the team will win!
‘I’m very happy with it, it’s all good. I saw what I actually expected to see – it would be weird if I stood here and say “My God I didn’t know we could play this kind of football” but I’m fine with it and now we’re staying to work.’
Divock Origi was on target in the previous 30-minute game against Wacker Innsbruck
Central defenders Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez were part of the 34-man roster that traveled to Austria earlier this month, but have so far worked in preparation on their own individual programs.
The duo were largely out last season with serious knee injuries and Klopp believes Friday’s friendly against Mainz will come too early for the pair.
“It would be a surprise, also for me,” added Klopp. ‘They looked really good in training and yesterday [Monday] was the first day they did very complex things, usually it’s offensive or defensive and stuff like that.
“We have to get there step by step, but I don’t expect them before Friday.”
Klopp does not expect Virgil van Dijk (R) and Joe Gomez (L) to play against Mainz on Friday