"If I had to guess I would rather say no," was his reply. He qualified that by suggesting further outgoings, preseason injuries and the first few league games in August might affect that view but it still made unnerving reading.
This might just be the usual cat-and-mouse game with the media. Liverpool have to be careful with their...
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and midfielder Cesc Fabregas have apologised to Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan after the Spain international was sent off for a reckless challenge in the teams' International Champions Cup clash.
Gary Cahill's early header proved to be the difference as Chelsea secured a 1-0 win at the Rose Bowl, but the match was overshadowed by Fabregas' dismissal in the 70th minute.