Jurgen Klopp has prepared himself to receive a backlash from his players this season with it now becoming “more difficult to play all the time”.
Liverpool have signed Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson and Dominic Solanke this summer with more signings expected to follow – and players like Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk are still heavily linked.
The squad lacked depth last season as they struggled with injuries at times but Klopp insists it will be tougher this term for his players to become regulars in his side.
“We need to be independent of one or two players,” said Klopp. “We still have to have a style, a way of playing and if we need to play completely different if we need. If we have time to train, if not then do the same but a little bit less left or right. So far the pre-season is pretty good.
“We know what we see in the players and we know what we have to do. We need to make sure it works much more often than it doesn’t work. It is about how do we react when it doesn’t work in our direction? That’s how it is more difficult.
“I said we always want to develop this team, and there are two things to do – signings and training so we did both. The signings are nice, either they play or they push another player. Now it’s more difficult to play all the time.”