Jurgen Klopp says last season was brilliant as the Reds became European champions – but has sent a reminder to his players that it means nothing ahead of the new campaign.
With seven trophies on offer, beginning with the Community Shield at Wembley against Manchester City a week tomorrow, Klopp has urged his squad to ‘write a new chapter’ in Reds history.
Speaking exclusively to Liverpool.com, Klopp said: “We will not use [the memories of last season] in this sense of showing videos from the Barcelona game when we play any other team.
“We have to write the next chapter of the book of this special team. I know the boys know, so I don’t have to remind them. They are special.”
There is no reason to doubt the hunger of the players. After becoming European champions, everyone will want to beat the Reds even more than usual, and they will have to rise to that challenge.
Results in pre-season so far have not been great, while there has been some frustration from supporters over the lack of new arrivals. The Reds earned 97 Premier League points last season, though, and will hope to match or exceed that again with much the same crop.