Jurgen Klopp says there will be one team who are celebrating the UEFA Super Cup result more than the Reds today: Southampton.
The Reds head south to face the Saints on Saturday afternoon, less than 72 hours after lifting the trophy, in what is the first major test of the depth of squad Klopp has available to him this season.
Roberto Firmino only played from half-time onwards, while Divock Origi came on as a late sub. Both of them are likely to play at St Mary’s, while Adam Lallana, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita, if he recovers from a slight injury in time, could also feature.
Via the Liverpool ECHO, Klopp said: “We have to find a way to be ready. After 90 minutes, when it was close to the final whistle and Frank Lampard asked me ‘where do you play and when do you play (next)?’ and I said ‘Saturday at Southampton’!
“Nobody wanted extra-time tonight. We will have to be ready again and that’s my present to the players – to be able to help them recover so they are ready for the game.
“Let’s try to find a way to win on Saturday, then we have Arsenal coming up. Both will be incredibly difficult for different reasons. Only one team celebrated more than us tonight and that’s probably Southampton when they saw 90 minutes, no decision!”
Having won a second European trophy of 2019, taking the Reds level with Real Madrid on four UEFA Super Cup titles, there might be tiredness from some players, but the elation from winning on penalties will hopefully be enough to get over the line.
Nothing less than three points can be taken on Saturday afternoon, which will be a big test, but Klopp will need his players to get through it.