‘We have to find togetherness again’: Jurgen Klopp calls on his rebuilt Liverpool side to get over the loss of Sadio Mane on the eve of Community Shield showpiece… and insists ‘it took me a day’ to get over missed quadruple heartache
- Jurgen Klopp ‘accepted’ Sadio Mane wanted a new challenge after six years
- The Liverpool boss admits his team need to gel after the loss of mainstay Mane
- The Red’s reaction to Mane’s move was to splash £85million on Darwin Nunez
- Klopp says he didn’t dwell on club’s heartbreaking end to their quadruple chase
Jurgen Klopp insists he has not dwelled on the disappointing climax of last season that saw Liverpool’s quadruple dreams fall apart, but knows his team must adjust without Sadio Mane.
Liverpool’s season begins on Saturday as the Merseysiders face Manchester City in the Community Shield at Leicester’s King Power Stadium and for the first time in six years, Mane won’t be one of the first names on the team sheet.
The Senegal forward joined the Bundesliga champions after a highly-successful six years on Merseyside in which he won the Champions League and Premier League, and scored an impressive 120 goals in 269 games.
Klopp put the bitter disappointment behind him and turned his focus to the new season ahead
Klopp says he accepted Sadio Mane’s desire for a new challenge after six excellent years
Klopp said: ‘Of course we have had a little change in our team. We lost Sadio, who was a fixed line-up player for six years.
‘But it’s always like this. We cannot try and stick together forever.
‘We have to make changes and when Sadio came and told us that he wanted to face a new challenge, because it was early enough (in the close season) we accepted that.
‘So we had time to prepare for that situation and that’s what we did. And now we have to find togetherness again. That’s completely normal as well.’
Liverpool spent a club record £85million to replace Mane with Darwin Nunez from Benfica.
The Uruguay international, who impressed with four goals in a pre-season outing against RB Leipzig, could make his full debut this weekend.
So close but so far for Klopp’s Liverpool
The Reds lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid in May and that came a week after Klopp’s side were narrowly pipped to the Premier League title by Manchester City.
However, Klopp says he got over the crushing disappointment after just one day and he’s now fully focused on the new season.
‘It took me a day and then we had a parade in Liverpool and I was fine with everything,’ said Klopp, whose side still had FA Cup and Carabao Cup successes to celebrate.
Jurgen Klopp didn’t mope around long after Liverpool’s disappointing finish to the season
Liverpool lost the Premier League title race and the Champions League Final in just six days
‘We knew, obviously, it was close. When you’re unlucky in moments these kind of things (happen). It’s sport and we accept the rules.
‘One point more is enough after 38 matchdays, and one goal more is enough in a football game. We accept that too, so it didn’t take me long.
‘What was my conclusion of the last season? I don’t think it makes too much sense to think like this.
‘We played in an incredibly high level, we were consistent, we played good football – not always but very often. We fought hard. These are all things we need to do again.’
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