Jurgen Klopp says the Reds’ start to the season has been positive, but he is yet to be impressed with the performances his players have put in.
Wins against Norwich City and Southampton in the Premier League, as well as Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup, mean the Reds have won all three of their competitive matches so far this season, but Klopp insists there is a lot more to do.
Via Goal, he said in his pre-Arsenal press conference: “To make the next step, first you have to reach the level of last year, the last level you had. That’s what we are trying to do, but that doesn’t mean after the summer break it is immediately like this.
“We know we can improve, but it’s not about being perfect at the start of the season, it’s about being ready, and we were. Now we work on being perfect. We may never reach it, but we work.
“There are a lot of positive things, but a lot of space for improvement, too. It’s a team sport, and you have to work. So far, so okay, not more. Now let’s go again against Arsenal.”
Having won the Champions League last season, Klopp has been keen to push his players on further at every opportunity in order to make sure no complacency creeps in.
Early season performances like the Reds have produced are nothing unusual; the main thing is that results are coming.
Give it a couple more weeks, and Klopp should see his team in full flow. They will need to be close to that level on Saturday evening against Arsenal.