“Good results in the pre-season help to build confidence but that’s not the most important thing.
“The most important thing is that you build the physical skills for a long, long season because we have to, pretty much, prepare only for the games. There’s not a lot of time to train.
“We had to do intense sessions in the first three weeks. We played the games in different circumstances.
“It’s always been clear Evian would be the most important week of the season, and we have five days after City before Norwich.”
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Klopp confirmed Alisson, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita are all fit and en route to Evian for the camp, while Sadio Mane will join up with the squad a week later following his involvement in the AFCON final.
“Everybody is coming on time on their flights,” he added.
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“From this afternoon, (Xherdan) Shaqiri, Naby (Keita), Roberto (Firmino), Mohamed (Salah) and Alisson will be in training.
“Sadio (Mane) comes in next week. We can talk an hour about [international scheduling] but it changes nothing so it’s a waste of time.”
Reflecting on the heavy defeat to Napoli, Klopp warned his players that they will not stand a chance against Manchester City on Sunday if they do not improve their defending of counter-attacks.
“We didn’t defend counter-attacks well yesterday, we lost the ball in the wrong moments, and if that happens against Manchester City then you don’t have a chance,” he continued.
“What I’ve seen so far, City look good. Apart from Sergio Aguero, I think all the players have been in.
“It’s the same as last season, Manchester City is the most difficult game to play during a season.
“I don’t want to find excuses before we play them but we had a completely different pre-season, we played it without six players.