Jurgen Klopp warns Liverpool must escape “that moment” of their Champions League success in order to challenge for silverware this season.
Just two months after defeating Tottenham for a sixth European Cup, Liverpool will meet Manchester City on Sunday for a Community Shield clash at Wembley.
Naturally, the tie has generated a lot of excitement and anticipation among the supporters. Many feel the outcome in London could have a telling effect on the impending battle between the clubs for the Premier League crown.
And Klopp doesn’t expect any complacency from his squad over their Champions League triumph in June. However, the German is keen for the players to move on quickly in favour of focusing on a fresh challenge for more trophies.
“The players are not the problem. These boys, how would they change in four, five weeks?” said Klopp on the club’s website.
“The new situation is that it was a big achievement for the club, it was a big achievement for each individual. We had a completely different summer, everybody is talking to you about it.
“Even when you are not successful, people still want pictures but don’t talk that long. If you win something, everybody feels the need to tell you, first of all, congratulations and then where they watched it, how they watched it, how they felt, how their family felt, how their friends felt, how their dog felt.”
The Liverpool boss added: “It’s all nice but, of course, it keeps you in that moment. I answer again questions about the Champions League final, it’s no problem talking about it – but I want to be completely focused on the new season from a specific point.
“The boys are fine but the situation is completely different and they have to deal with the situation.
“When we said we have to get rid of the backpack of the history of the club [so] we can make a step in the right direction, we have to make sure that our own history – even though it’s a good one – doesn’t keep us in that moment. That’s very important, but we will do that.
“You have to learn it, nobody gives you a book and you read on how to deal with a Champions League win. You have to do it by yourself and we will do it.
“We did it already, the boys are completely fine, they are still the sensational characters from the last year. But now we have to prepare a new season and that’s always a challenge.”
The Community Shield clash between Liverpool and City on Sunday will begin at 16:00 (CET).