Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are fully focused on their opening Premier League fixture against Watford before thinking about the important Champions League qualifying game against Hoffenheim next week.
Despite some injury concerns Klopp gave an optimistic summary of preparations for the new campaign and said Liverpool are indeeed in a good shape.
Klopp said on Wednesday: “When we finished last season in fourth position everybody was really happy about it — it was really a good result for a big effort.
“We knew also there would be a qualification game, and now it is coming up. But the first challenge we have to face is playing Watford, even though everybody is thinking about the Champions League qualifiers.
“So Watford is the first target, and we have a few more days to prepare for this game.
“We are in a good shape. The players are in a good mood, the attitude in all the training sessions was really good — yes, there have been one or two little injuries and one bigger [Adam Lallana’s thigh problem], but that is how life is.
“We showed it in Dublin again that we are in a good shape. So everything is in a good way — but of course now we have to deliver, and we know that, so we are ready for it.
“The freshness is coming back. We are really excited.”