Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool manager optimistic for new season as he dismisses concerns over Sadio Mane’s departure | football news

Jurgen Klopp has spoken of his optimism for the new season and insisted that Liverpool fans “don’t have to worry”.

The Reds are currently in Bangkok, Thailand as part of their pre-season tour ahead of the upcoming Premier League campaign.

Manchester City overtook Liverpool for the title last season before seeing star Sadio Mane leave the club for Bayern Munich, breaking up the formidable attacking force he formed with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

But a club-record fee of £85m brought in Darwin Nunez as Mane’s replacement, while Salah was secured for another three years and Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay also arrived as Liverpool’s transition into a new era.

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“We know how good Sadio is, we will realize how good he was for us in moments because there were only ‘Sadio moments’ when no one else can do it like him,” Klopp said exclusively. Sky sports news.

“That’s not bad because two years ago Diogo Jota came in and Diogo did incredible things for us. Bobby Firmino probably didn’t have the season we all expected due to injuries, but in training Bobby is back, 100 percent. He is a world class player.

“You don’t have to worry when you think about us or you can be excited about what’s possible for us. We can’t do the same thing year after year, it’s just not possible. We have a foundation, we have to build on this foundation and be more unpredictable. for other teams and that’s possible with the addition of other players because they have a different skill set.”

Darwin Núñez will wear the number 27 shirt at Anfield
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Darwin Núñez will wear the number 27 shirt at Anfield

Klopp is not expecting more players to come in this summer, while Neco Williams has joined Mane in leaving Anfield after his move to Nottingham Forest was confirmed.

And the German has answers to the key questions he faces ahead of the new season.

“How can you keep going? How can you improve a world-class soccer team?” he said. “It’s training, obviously, we believe a lot in that, but also in bringing in new players. We need fresh blood, a new dynamic, a new desire to create a team full of hope and determination for what’s to come.

“Sometimes you do it exactly how you want and sometimes you have to react to a situation like when Sadio told us he wanted to move on. We have to replace him, he’s a pretty good player. Fortunately we were able to do it already in the window by bringing in Luis (Diaz) and now to Darwin Fabio is a very exciting player.

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Paul Merson believes Sadio Mane will be a ‘huge loss’ for Liverpool after his move to Bayern Munich.

“I’m really looking forward to it. It was always clear that changes had to be made and I know for fans it’s, ‘Oh my God, he’s gone, how can we do this?’ I’m really excited about the new opportunity we have.” . ‘I’ve got.”

Klopp has lived through a golden period in Liverpool’s history and believes his team can succeed once again next season.

“Two of the three world-class strikers are still here plus extra quality,” he said. “The backbone of the team is also the back line, the midfield, they have a very interesting mix of experience and youth. I’m really looking forward to working with that.”

“I know people think we should have signed a midfielder, in fact we did, because Harvey Elliott was our best player in the first four games of last season and then he got seriously injured. We brought in Fabio Carvalho, Tyler Morton gave the Next steps [last season].

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Liverpool have arrived in Thailand for their pre-season tour and manager Jurgen Klopp says he is confident his ‘team is full of quality’ ahead of the new season.

“We’ve got everything you need, creativity, hard work, box to box, we just have to use it the right way. We’ve got four of the best centre-backs in the world, we’ve got the two best left and right backs plus Kostas Tsimikas, Calvin (Ramsey ) Milly (James Milner) who can play there.

“The foundation is there, but the opponents didn’t sleep, they have also improved. We just have to make sure we are ready to fight with everything we have for the three points and if we do then we could be successful.”

“We try to do the right thing all the time and sometimes it works better than other times, but I’m pretty optimistic that we can have a good season, whatever that means.”

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Liverpool also saw the departure of sporting director Michael Edwards, who has been replaced by Julian Ward, but there has been no panic over that change either.

“We are stable in all the things we do, that’s the good thing about having a coach for a long time because we don’t get nervous when someone wants a new challenge,” Klopp added.

“The transition between Michael and Julian was really smooth because they’ve known each other for a long time. Julian is young but also experienced and he already had a lot to do in this transfer window and he’s still busy with some things.”

“The most important thing is stability and we have it, from the property, the coach, the sporting director and all the other departments. We can improve, but from a very good base.”

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Liverpool matches: Reds start at Fulham

Liverpool kick off the 2022/23 Premier League campaign with a lunchtime trip to newly promoted Fulham on Saturday 6 August.

It will be the fourth season in a row that Liverpool have started a new campaign against a Premier League newcomer.

But after facing Crystal Palace, Jurgen Klopp’s side take on Man Utd at Old Trafford on August 22, with both games live on Sky Sports.

September will feature away trips to both Everton and Chelsea in September and Liverpool will also face back-to-back clashes with Arsenal and champions Man City on October 8 and 15 respectively.

Liverpool’s last game before the season is temporarily halted for the winter World Cup will be against Southampton at Anfield on November 12 before returning to action at Aston Villa on Boxing Day.

The Reds then host arch-rivals United on March 4, before deceptive-looking clashes on back-to-back weekends at City (April 1) and against Arsenal at Anfield (April 8), before the season ends. in Southampton.

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