Liverpool beat City three times last season, as well as reaching a Champions League final, and Neville feels they pose a threat both in playing style on the pitch, and the feeling around the club off the pitch.
And Klopp claims his squad and him have the “highest expectations you can imagine” for themselves for the upcoming campaign.
“In that time he can probably for sure train already, but not the full programme, so that will then take time”.
That would mean that Klopp will be smiling more than Mourinho by next May, with the latter departing Old Trafford after another season of only moderate success. Of course, these are to be cherished, but from a professional perspective we must view it as something that has concluded – but something to progress from. I can address that in two parts. I’ve always been like this.
Read on for a summary of the manager’s post-match press conference.
I think it’ll be a 2-1 loss, which wouldn’t be too disheartening, providing we follow it up with a win against Bournemouth next week. That’s the only thing I want to say. “We are the ones who have to do more and fight more – that must be our attitude”.
Liverpool came out of the gate firing as would be expected by such an energetic and attacking team, with James Milner in particular swining in some risky crosses that Liverpool’s attacking players weren’t quite able to get on the end of.
Marko Arnautovic has been banging them in during pre-season and caused Liverpool problems at Anfield previous year, striking the woodwork with the score still 0-0.
Just like last season, their attacking trio were fluid and clinical putting four past a West Ham defence that simply could not cope with the speed and movement that Liverpool showed.
However, the World Cup hangover effect could help Klopp get the early-season edge on some of his fiercest Premier League rivals.
“All of the above only works if the players have the character and desire to buy into it – ours do!”
Madrid also outclassed Liverpool in midfield in Kiev, as they have done to most sides in winning three straight Champions League titles thanks to the talent of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.
The mesh of explosiveness and steel was one of the most encouraging elements from Klopp’s side, which they will have to continuously implement – especially in more challenging fixtures.
“We need to improve in attack and continue working”.
Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah (L) vies with West Ham United’s French defender Arthur Masuaku during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on August 12, 2018.
With the exception of Real Madrid, every top team in Europe would find it extremely hard to reach successive Champions League finals.