Klopp admits team still not at 100% fitness level
- The team are still far from their best physique-wise, as per Klopp.
- These are the traces of messy pre-season.
- Though the development goes exactly as planned.
- Klopp expects players to gain a sufficient fitness level by mid-autumn.
Liverpool had to endure a rather crumpled up pre-season with half of the first team not being available for the most part of it.
Klopp continues to find traces of this faulty situation as he admits it's still challenging to enter the season after such messy preparations. However, he assures that players' fitness level and general readiness are improving at satisfactory rates and with accordance to the overall plan.
During pres-conference ahead of UEFA Super cup final against Chelsea, he said: "That’s the challenge for all of us. We are not the only club who has that problem, but when I get asked I answer it. It was a difficult pre-season, not only for players but for us as well and you never know exactly how it will work out then, especially in the early games of the season.
"I was really happy about the game against Man City; first half obviously we had some problems, not too many but some because they are so strong, and then second half we were really there. That was an important sign for us.
"Physically, we are there now, exactly where we want to be. Not at 100 per cent – we will have that in probably September, October, whenever, but again it is the same for all the teams. All the rest is no problem."
For several players, the season ended only in late July and they had to withstand a rather rapid return to full training to gain sufficient form ahead of the new season. Some of them are already suffering the consequences, with Alisson falling out with a calf tear and Naby Keita allegedly suffering his thigh injury recurrence.