Jürgen Klopp on pre-season: Big steps and tactical plans

Ruben Hill
July 2, 2017

Klopp's players begin their preparations for the new season next week, with eight friendlies against a varied set of opponents scheduled in July and early August.

Liverpool have already signed two attackers in Mohamed Salah and Dominic Solanke and are hoping to press on with a deal for the £70m-rated RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, who is open to leaving Ralph Hassenhutl's men this summer.

The likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn were both called upon by Klopp last season and received high praise for their performances. Unlike a year ago, Liverpool still have a fair bit to accomplish in the transfer market, so it's expected that new arrival Mohamed Salah will not be the only one getting to know the current players during the preseason. The then 18 year-old massively impressed when he was called upon during his first season in the Premier League, however he ruptured his ACL, and is only just returning from a 15 month spell on the sidelines.

"They can make big steps because they are a little bit settled in a good way". That can be a big difference'. "They are the same objectives".

"Tactically-wise, getting more flexible - depending who is there and when - and introducing different systems", he said. Given Sturridge's continued inability to remain match fit for large parts of the season, Liverpool can no longer rely on the player to lead the line week-in, week-out, despite his clear goalscoring talent.

"I'm not sure which way we have to play next year, there will be a few different ones", added Klopp.

It's still surprising that Liverpool could keep him, especially with the potential of Champions League football next season as Klopp will need quality and depth in every position to be able to compete on various fronts.

"I think the only way we'll see Liverpool buy a striker this summer is if Sturridge says he wants out", Pearce told the Liverpool Echo.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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