There is a sense of optimism going into the new season at Liverpool. There is plenty of excitement among the fans, who will be in full voice at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, where they kick off their new campaign against Arsenal.
New season, same passion
The manager is no different from the fans and Jürgen Klopp himself is overflowing with fervour about the upcoming season. When asked by Liverpoolfc.com about his expectation from this season, he said that he hopes that it's a "positive" and "remarkable" season.
He spoke about the future and how he wishes that, "in 50 or 60 years, somebody looks back and says that this season, 2016-17, was a really wonderful season."
"That’s what I want because that is what life is for – and especially a football life is for," he added.
He also spoke about the importance of looking back at this season and being happy, as he saidL "I want that in the next summer break, we look back at this season with big smiles on our faces."
The second half of last season was certainly a period to remember for the fans with some exhilarating displays. Results and performances such as the 5-4 victory against Norwich City in the league and the 4-3 win against Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League certainly provided the fans with the hope that their club can finally return to being one of the top clubs in English football once again.
Pre-season and importance of working together
Klopp's first full pre-season has enabled him and his backroom staff to implement fully the ideas of how the German wants the team to play. They have had multiple training sessions a day ever since the start of July, and the players will surely understand the benefit of these sessions in the long-term.
While the boss has conceded that there is still room for development, he is looking ahead to the players doing just that, between now and the end of the campaign.
"Learning in life and developing in football never ends," says Klopp, also adding that the veterans can always use their experience "better than before."
Klopp has declared the importance of making a step "in the right direction, together and as individuals", the club has been through some ups and downs in recent years, but now it is up to the players to perform and it is their manager's job to "help them" as best as he can.
The Reds boss has certainly been revelling in his excitement for the coming season. He said every side has "big expectations" and that "you don’t know for sure what will happen makes it even more exciting, so all good!"
He also expressed that the team is very excited for the season and hopes to keep getting better with each match played.
Klopp has reaffirmed the importance of having a "perfect" pre-season and being "perfectly ready" for the season. He has admitted that, this summer with the European Champioship just finishing, some players need more time to "make them strong" but he says that the club feels "as prepared as possible" and that they are looking forward to the season.
Making this a memorable season will mean winning trophies, or at least challenging for them, and Liverpool look well-equipped to do just that. Some great bits of business in the transfer market have boosted all of their departments and has invigorated the already well-drilled team that Klopp has assembled.
With no European action to worry about, Klopp's aggressive style of play looks set to take the Premier League by storm and take Liverpool back to being one of the top teams in the country. It will certainly be exciting, as the boss stated before, to watch the Reds torment defences with their style of play, while also hopefully being defensively solid.
With the new signings hoping to make it a great and memorable first full campaign under Klopp, it could be a season to smile for fans and the manager alike.