Jurgen Klopp fires warning to Liverpool's Premier League rivals despite Napoli humbling

By Mirror: Monday, July 29th 2019 at 11:24 GMT +3 | Football
Insigne put the Reds to the sword [Courtesy]

Jurgen Klopp admitted that any Premier League opponents watching Liverpool in Scotland will think it’s an ‘easy job’ to beat them.

But the Reds boss warned his team will be a completely “different animal” when the campaign gets underway for real, despite a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of a Napoli side they beat twice last season.

The Italians strolled to victory thanks to a fine display from their skipper and talisman Lorenzo Insigne, who scored one and set up two more, for Arek Milik and sub Amin Younes, as the Mersey club struggled badly.

Klopp complained about the goals they gave away were “too easy” and sloppy, and he said: “We now have to fight at the start of the season 100 per cent with all we have.

"The good thing is if the opponents want to analyse us now then they think 'easy job' – but we will be a different animal next week.

“We conceded two simple goals, lost the ball and each ball we lost was a proper counter-attack. But you have to defend better or keep the ball better or keep a better formation.

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Klopp though is not hitting the panic button yet.

Klopp knows his side will get better [Reuters]

He believes their intense training schedule, where they have crammed a full pre-season into three tough weeks, left them heavy-legged against a fresh Napoli side.

And he stressed the positives from an afternoon in front of a sell-out 65,000 crowd at Murrayfield, where new signing Harvey Elliott showed his audacious talent at the tender age of 16 with some nice touches at the end, as he made his Reds bow.

Teenager Ki Jana Hoever also looked good with a cheeky backheel.

Harry Wilson brought a fine save from the Napoli keeper Meret with a typical piledriver, and the manager said: “The start was good and the finish was good, because of the young boys coming in and they brought some freshness and were cheeky and that looked nice.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain is working his way back [Courtesy]

On the obvious talent of Elliott, who signed from Fulham on Sunday and went straight into the squad, he added the England youngster has a big future.

“That's why he is here. I could say so many positive things about the boy.

“He came here, he decided for us and could have gone pretty much everywhere but he wanted to be part of Liverpool.

“The stories with the boy start early and already he is the youngest ever Premier League player and has broken quite a few records because of his talent.

“Now he is here so let's work with him. He needs game time, we will see where he gets that but he is obviously a fine, fine footballer and that's why we were really interested.”

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