Jurgen Klopp admits he is ‘fine’ with Liverpool’s draws against Wacker Innsbruck and Stuttgart
Jurgen Klopp insists he is ‘fine’ with Liverpool opening pre-season with back-to-back draw against Wacker Innsbruck and Stuttgart in Austria… with Divock Origi and Sadio Mane on target in 30 minutes of matches
- Liverpool tied with Wacker Innsbruck and Stuttgart to start the preparatory season
- Divock Origi and Sadio Mane scored a goal for the Reds in 30 minutes of matches
- Jurgen Klopp admitted there were areas to improve but he saw what he was expecting
- The German does not expect to face Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez Mainz
The Reds began their pre-season with a 1-1 draw in 30 minutes against Wacker Innsbruck and Stuttgart as part of their training camp in Austria.
Jurgen Klopp insisted he was satisfied with Liverpool’s performances in their pre-season opening matches
Sadio Mane (right) scored for the Reds in their 1-1 draw with Stuttgart in the Bundesliga
Speaking to the club’s official website after the Reds’ training, Klopp admitted that he was happy to see the “unruly press” and while insisting there were areas to work, he revealed that he had seen what he expected.
“It was a workout and it was good,” said the German. “Physically it was all we wanted to see, we had to do it and it was an important test for that. From a football point of view there is obviously a lot of room for improvement; I saw a lot of ground pressure.
“We wanted a lot of pressure, we had a little competition between the two teams to see who gets the ball the most and how many counterpresses we have. We have to think about the prize that the team will win!
I’m really happy with that, everything is fine. I saw what I was expecting to see, actually – it would be weird to stand here and say, ‘Oh my God, I didn’t know we could play this kind of football,’ but I’m fine with it and now keep going.”
Divock Origi scored a goal in the previous 30-minute match against Wacker Innsbruck
Defenders Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez were named to the 34-man squad to travel to Austria earlier this month, but they have been working on their individual programs so far in the pre-season.
The pair were ruled out for most of last season due to serious knee injuries and Klopp believes Friday’s friendly against Mainz will come too soon for the pair.
“It will also be a surprise for me,” Klopp added. They looked really good in practice and yesterday [Monday] It was the first day they did very complicated things, usually either offensive or defensive and things like that.
We should get there step by step, but I don’t expect it to be Friday.
Klopp does not expect Virgil van Dijk (right) and Joe Gomez (left) to play Mainz on Friday.