Jurgen Klopp 'confident' Liverpool can build on last season
Jurgen Klopp says he is aware that there will be expectations on him to win his first trophy as Liverpool manager this season, but is confident his team can build on 2017-18.
Klopp has lost all three of his finals -- the League Cup and Europa League in 2016 and Champions League last season -- at Liverpool since arriving in October 2015.
Liverpool have, however, secured back-to-back top-four finishes in the Premier League, while defying the odds in May to reach their first European Cup final in 11 years.
Klopp believes there is a platform in place at the club to ensure that the team is pushing for honours every season.
"People will say that. It is the next step and we need to be ready for that," Klopp said. "I cannot give guarantees here but I understand if people think that. I know about the expectations and that is 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.
"I am confident we can build on last season. It's not that we lost things completely but you have to work on it to get it back.
"The football the boys played last year was not easy. There was a lot of work invested into playing like that. That's what we will do again. I am not in doubt about our basis or that we will reach it again.
"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. United will go for it, too, and that's completely normal.
"We expect more from ourselves. We will go again for the championship and each kind of cup but that does not mean I can sit here and we will get it. We have the highest ambitions, 100 percent."
Liverpool have added Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and goalkeeper Alisson to their ranks so far this summer.
The Reds finished 25 points behind champions Manchester City last season, and Klopp hopes the improved squad depth this term can lead to greater consistency.
The German said: "I want to have the best start ever but we all know something can happen and it is all questioned in a second.
"I am in the third season and each season we have a period where a few people questioned me or our progress and all that stuff and in the end it was OK. I am prepared for these moments. I don't want to have them but I will not go nuts and think we have lost everything.
"The new players will make us stronger 100 percent. But it will not happen in the first day. It is all about staying calm, looking at the situation, judging it right and then make the step.
"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."