Having extended Liverpool’s winless run in pre-season to four games, Jurgen Klopp has promised his boys would be a “different animal” against Manchester City in the Community Shield.
The European Champions were pummelled 3-0 by Napoli thanks to strikes from Insigne, Milik and Younes.
Though the Reds missed key men such as Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Alisson, the display was far from convincing to say the least.
However, Klopp believes it’s only a yardstick to measure his players ahead of the season and the Wembley showdown on Sunday.
“I think the worst thing that could have happened is if we won all our games without the six players, everyone flying from last year and then getting the problems in the season,” he said via the Telegraph.
“It was of course not good. We lost a couple of games in pre-season already. I’m pretty sure we will play better football and it’s necessary as well.
“It’s a strange pre-season because everybody tells you constantly congratulations, congratulations, and before the game Napoli were very nice and gave us a bottle of red wine.
“We have to fight at the start of the season 100 per cent with all we have and the good thing is if the opponents want to analyse us now then they think ‘easy job’ – but we will be a different animal next week.”
Klopp went ahead to pile on the pressure on City before the clash stating: “It became a two-horse last year, but there are too many good clubs in this competition [for that to happen].
“Even City see it like this. They are the big favourites and all the others try to beat them. We are one of these teams. At least we should give it a try, but we have to play better football – and we will play better football.”