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Klopp ‘as confident as possible’ about Liverpool challenging Man City again

Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool will head into the 2022-23 season “as confident as possible” about the prospect of challenging on all fronts.

Liverpool fell short of an unprecedented quadruple last season, faltering in both the Champions League final and on the previous day of the Premier League season after lifting the EFL Cup and FA Cup.

Liverpool relied on penalties in both of their cup successes as they failed to score in five and a half hours of football in major finals last season, which led to concerns over their ruthlessness in front of goal.

Darwin Nunez has since arrived at Anfield from Benfica in a deal reportedly worth £64million (€75m).

With a further £21.4m in potential add-ons, a move that Klopp hopes provides more excellent attack reliability.

Star forward Mohamed Salah has also penned a contract extension, and, despite Sadio Mane leaving for Bayern Munich, Klopp remains convinced that Liverpool can compete with Manchester City again.

He told reporters at Sunday’s news conference in Thailand, where Liverpool is on a pre-season tour:

“As confident as possible. You never know obviously, but I saw today on the plane a squad full of quality.

“You always need a little luck, as we all know, if you want to win a trophy.

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Klopp 'as confident as possible' about Liverpool challenging Man City again

“But to play a good season, you need first and foremost consistency; that’s what it’s all about, and that’s what we will try.

“I do not doubt the quality of the boys. We brought in new players – yes, we lost a few – but we brought in new players; if you want, fresh blood is beneficial.

“There are no places already sorted; who will play where. The boys will put pressure, which is essential.

“We have five subs from now on in the Premier League as well – we have to get used to that and adapt to that. So I’m looking forward to it.

“There are no guarantees in football, but I would say there’s a good chance that we play another good season.”

Liverpool faces fierce rivals Manchester United in Bangkok on Tuesday in what will be Erik ten Hag’s first game in charge of the Red Devils.

The Reds hammered United by an aggregate scoreline of 9-0 in the Premier League last season, and Klopp insists there will be no such thing as a friendly between the two teams.

He added:

“Manchester United, a new manager, trained a little bit longer than us, so might be.

“I’m not sure; in a better situation at the moment.

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Klopp 'as confident as possible' about Liverpool challenging Man City again

“But we see it as a crucial test because it’s against United, and we don’t play friendlies.

“Both teams don’t play friendlies against each other, so we will see what we can do.

“We never prepare for one match. We prepare for an entire season.

“That means the boys who started Monday last week had a good start, and we could train in the way we wanted.

“We had a whole week already, and we are now here to play two games in Asia, first this one.

“And then in Singapore against Crystal Palace. So, we have to see.

“We have to train, and we have to play. So it means the games are actually like a session as well.

“But the boys have to go hard.

“Let’s see where we stand in this specific moment, and then we can go home to England.

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Klopp 'as confident as possible' about Liverpool challenging Man City again

“And then we go from there to Austria for another camp.”

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