Liverpool will feel the weight of increased expectation to deliver silverware this season after making encouraging forays into the transfer market, manager Jurgen Klopp said.
“You’re right and people will say that it is the next step. We need to be ready for that,” Klopp told reporters in New York, where Liverpool were continuing their pre-season tour.
“I know about the expectations and that’s completely normal. First of all we have to play the football that gives us an opportunity to win something. We cannot talk about winning something before we start the season.”
Jurgen Klopp added: “It is not just that we have to be more consistent, we have to create circumstances where we can be more consistent.
“Nobody is consistent with 11 players. What we are working on is the depth of the squad because you need it.
“The first part of the season when we did the rotation and we were quite active with it, we did six or seven changes from one game or the other, we still had quality on the pitch that felt perfect.
“We need to make sure we can do that much longer over the season and that is only possible if you have the squad.
“That’s the situation. Create the circumstances that we can be more consistent and to improve individually and as a group.
“Other teams, of course, will do transfer business as well. They will not be weaker than last year. City brought in Riyad Mahrez. I did not hear that they lost one player so far. So it means the quality of last year plus Mahrez. That’s a nice plan as well.”