Jurgen Klopp has suggested that “nobody should talk to me too often” about his side winning the Champions League last season. The Reds concluded their pre-season tour in the United States with a 2-2 draw against Sporting Lisbon.
Divock Origi, notching his second goal in three games, and Georginio Wijnaldum scored for the European champions. Having spent time in the US, Klopp is happy with Liverpool’s work although he clearly wants to divert minds away from last term. “It was an intense week, three games in a short period. Maybe we did too much,” he said.
“But now nobody should talk to me too often about the Champions League trophy, that is now finished. Now we can write a new chapter. “From a sports point of view, I am happy to go back to England.” Sporting had goals from Bruno Fernandes and Wendel in the stalemate, with Simon Mignolet at fault for their opening effort.
The Belgian stopper recovered to make fine saves from Luciano Vietto and Raphinha, but his mistake was highlighted by the Reds boss. “Bruno is a sensational player, but that shot will not often be a goal – Simon knows that,” said Klopp.
“It was a goalie mistake, it happens. We reacted well and scored two good goals. “That was a proper pre-season game, a lot of mistakes because of the intensity. We have to work on everything, but we had good moments.”
Liverpool are 3.40 to win the Premier League this season, with champions Man City 1.67 to make it three in a row.