Jürgen Klopp has downplayed the significance of Liverpool's Community Shield match against Manchester City on Sunday, saying it would be "completely mad" to deduce how the season will unfold from Wembley's result.
In an interview with ECHO, Klopp described Liverpool's plan for the rest of the transfer window as, "We are still looking, but it will not be the [biggest] transfer window of LFC". In a lot of pre-season moments he looked really good. "We have to play better football and we will play better football".
Liverpool have been without at least four of their first-choice XI in the United States and Klopp is happy to be returning to England. We have to stay calm, we want to win games.
Everybody is coming on time on their flights, he added.
Reflecting on the heavy defeat to Napoli, Klopp warned his players that they will not stand a chance against Manchester City on Sunday if they do not improve their defending of counter-attacks.
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"We have to make sure we defend in a pretty good way because if you don't defend well against City we could get a proper knock, and that's not the idea of the game". "I think everyone has to communicate with each other".
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"That you lose players during a pre-season, we are used to - that happened from time to time", he told a news conference.
"It's a game we play against City and that's the most hard game of the season in every season, so we have to be ready and it's a good test for the things which are there in that moment".
"The problem is all the games are in public so everybody sees what we're doing".
Klopp's plans have been disrupted by injuries to star men and some absentees due to commitments with global teams, yet he didn't try to hide his concern after Carlo Ancelotti's Napoli secured a surprisingly comprehensive victory.