Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has refused to set any goals at this stage of the season, ahead of the European Super Cup against Chelsea on Wednesday in Istanbul, Turkey.
Klopp said he was not “good enough” to decide whether to give priority to winning the league, rather than retaining the Champions League title this season.
Klopp won his first European title last season after leading Liverpool to their sixth Champions League victory in a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.
The Chelsea match marks Liverpool’s return to the city where the Reds have won one of the most important titles in their history in 2005 when they won the Champions League against Milan.
Klopp comments: “I know the special importance of the city of Istanbul, for the fans of Liverpool, and what are their memories there since 2005, no one will forget.”
Liverpool is seen as the closest favorites after Chelsea’s 4-0 defeat at Manchester United at the start of the league, but Klopp believes the loss did not reflect their performance.
The Liverpool coach said: “I didn’t know that everyone expected us to win,” he said. “There’s no problem with what people around us think.”
“We respect Chelsea a lot if you see the game against United and if you only see the result, you have no idea how to play, they played a good game”“They are a really interesting team and they have a good playing style. Last year Frank Lampard made great streaks with Derby County, changed football there, now he is at Chelsea, his club and everything is new.
Croatian defender Dejan Lovren will be absent from the squad against Chelsea, and Klopp insists his absence is more linked to his injury than to his departure to A.S. Roma.
And do: “We’ll see what happens in general, not just in the current transfer window.”