LONDON – Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp admitted that his side are a little under-done as they prepare for this weekend’s Community Shield against Manchester City.
Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Alisson only return to training late yesterday while Sadio Mane will miss Sunday’s Wembley clash after playing with Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations.
“I don’t want to find excuses before we play them but we had pre-season without six players,” Klopp said. “I can’t change that. I can’t say we’ve had the best pre-season of our lives, the sessions were good but the games came at the wrong moment.”
But Klopp said his team would still be ready to face Premier League champions City at Wembley.
“I don’t think we can expect to play our best game on Sunday, but it’s about winning,” he said. “There are different ways to do it, and we want to find one. I won Super Cup in Germany five times - if you win it nobody cares, if you lose it some people care.”