Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insisted he was satisfied with his team’s performance in the pre-season friendlies by drawing 1-1 with Wacker Innsbruck and Stuttgart. Liverpool played two games each lasting 30 minutes in Austria on Tuesday, with Origi and Mane finding the back of the net.
Speaking after the games, Jurgen Klopp said he was satisfied with the physical endurance of players, but insisted there was room for improvement from a football perspective. He added “From a football point of view, obviously a lot of space for improvement; I saw a lot of wild pressing. We wanted a wild press, we had a little competition between the two teams to see who wins the ball back more and how many counter-presses we have.”
“First game was obviously a very young team, Innsbruck did well and were obviously in a better moment than we are because they start next week with the league and we started last week with pre-season, so it’s different. But the kids did well in all the situations, they lost a little bit of organisation here and there, that’s how it is.”
“The second game was a tough test, Stuttgart are a really good team. We started really well and then conceded a goal. Then we came more and more in the game again and scored a really nice goal. I’m really happy about it, it’s all good. I saw what I expected to see, actually – it would be strange if I was standing here and saying, ‘My god, I didn’t know we can play this kind of football’ but I am fine with it and now we keep working.”
The German provided update on Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, who were long term absentees last season due to injuries. He said “They have looked really good in training and yesterday was the first day where they did very complex things, usually it is either offensive or defensive and stuff like this. We have to get there, step by step, but I don’t expect them for Friday.”
Source: Liverpool FC