Jurgen Klopp has told Liverpool’s fellow title contenders his Reds are going to improve MASSIVELY — even though they are joint top with maximum points after four games.
Klopp’s high-flying Reds share the Premier League lead with Chelsea and Watford, having all won their opening four matches of the new campaign.
But the German insists his side are still in “pre-season” mode at this point and have a lot of room for improvement — ominous news for other would-be champions.
He said: “The players are not at their top level yet. That is because we are in the early part of the season. It is normal.
“Everybody should know we have a lot of work to do still, but if they don’t then I have told them.
“When you win four times it sounds really crazy to say this, but it is still part of the pre-season for a very long time after the summer.
“From mid-September, we play every three days. So we do the work now, and this is how it is – it is normal that you are not quite at 100% in the games.”
Liverpool have managed to win four on the spin without their fearsome front three firing on all cylinders.
Superstar Mohamed Salah has not yet returned to last season’s peaks, which this week saw him nominated as FIFA’s Footballer of the Year.
Asked about his strikers looking off the pace, and in particular about Salah’s comparatively slow start, he said it is because so many players missed pre-season because of the World Cup: “It is completely normal. They will be, but they are not there at the level of last season yet.”
Gini Wijnaldum, who has been one of the stars of Liverpool’s campaign so far because he didn’t go the World Cup so was able to start training earlier, revealed that sessions have been tough even after the season got underway.
He said: “It does still feel like we’re doing pre-season.
“We know that the training sessions are hard and really competitive. But I think that makes us better, not only as a team, but as players because you have to compete against your team, good players.”