As Liverpool prepare for their Premier League season opener against Arsenal, Jürgen Klopp is eyeing a strong start.
Despite facing some tough fixtures in the opening few weeks such as trips to Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea and a tough home tie with reigning champions Leicester City, the boss believes his side can match any team on their day.
As such, he says they should be targeting an excellent start to 2016-17 as the Reds look to return to the top-four.
Getting one over the big teams
Liverpool have been training hard throughout pre-season, Klopp having his team doing exhaustive triple training sessions to ensure they are comfortable with his aggressive high-pressing attacking football.
The pre-season showed the strengths and weaknesses of Klopp's Liverpool. On one hand, their style worked wonders against a world-class Barcelona side and on the other, although two games in two days took its toll both on the players, and they crashed to a heavy 4-0 loss to Klopp's former club, FSV Mainz 05.
But Klopp will hope such blips can be ironed out when the season starts properly at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. After the opening day fixture against the Gunners, which promises to be a tasty affair, Liverpool go on to face Burnley.
Tougher tests follow for them with Spurs, Leicester and Chelsea all awaiting in successive games. Keeping the squad fit and firing will be a key focus for Klopp and his staff, although no European football will undoubtedly help their cause.
Klopp told the Liverpool Echo that they "can't change" their opening schedule and therefore shouldn't "look for excuses" before the season has even started, when asked about their tricky start.
With the Reds facing four consecutive away games in the league due to ongoing construction at Anfield, Klopp says he has no problem with their situation although he admitted: "Of course the start is difficult."
He added: "It's not just away. It's away at Arsenal. Second game, a team who were promoted last season [and will be] on a high with a great atmosphere. Then Tottenham."
But he also declared that the league is "never easy" and that they must not get too worried about their fixtures because they "will be ready.
Liverpool already have considerable experience when it comes to upsetting the league's top teams, with some great victories last season against the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Leicester providing the fans with glimpses of what Klopp hopes will come more regularly in the coming season.
New boys have impressed
The German has added some fresh attacking talent to the already potent Liverpool attack with the additions of Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum, which have greatly boosted his forward options.
The talented young Serbian Marko Grujic has certainly shown promise in pre-season, while the signings of Ragnar Klavan, Joel Matip and Loris Karius will look to improve Liverpool's leaky defence and make them more solid and dependable at the back.
The manager declared that he is opitimistic about the player and said that they've already had "a few good moments" as he spoke about strengthening the depth of his squad.
He laughed that there have been some moments when he's looked at players and thought "oooof!" as he revealed that they have "built a squad" so that they have "different options for different opponents."
Under Klopp last season, Liverpool played quick, counter-attacking football with an emphasis on getting the ball back as soon as possible and tiring out the opposition with aggresive and expansive play.
An eighth-placed league finish might look bad on paper for the Reds, but as Klopp mentioned it was only "a small number of last season" and that "there are other numbers" where the club were really strong in tough situations.
Klopp hopes to give the club's supporters a good season, one where the club continues to grow and the players continue to deliver and perform.
He wants to go at this season in the best way possible and to "take in the good things" as well as he insisted they are "looking forward" to the new season.