Jurgen Klopp insists the result of Sunday’s Community Shield clash with Manchester City is ‘not the most important thing’.
Liverpool face the Premier League champions at Wembley in the season’s traditional curtain-raiser this weekend, looking to win the first piece of silverware of the new campaign.
Klopp’s side have endured an indifferent pre-season, losing three of their past four fixtures, and the Liverpool boss insists this weekend’s clash is just the latest fixture they have to prepare for ahead of their Premier League opener with Norwich on August 9.
Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Alisson have returned to training following extended leave due to their respective international commitments, and the trio could be in contention to face Man City as Liverpool move closer to full strength.
“We still have to prepare for the season and not only the game on Sunday, although we will try to be as prepared as possible,” Klopp said.
“I don’t think we can expect to play our best game of the season on Sunday. But it’s about winning a football game, hopefully we’ll find a way to do that.
“But that’s not the most important thing. The most important thing is you get the physical skills for the long, long season.
“If I say this will be the statement for the season, I’d be really mad. But we play against City – the most difficult game of every season. You have to be ready.”