German boss has splashed £175m on new signings this summer in an attempt to bring glory days back to Anfield
Jurgen Klopp admits he is under pressure to win trophies at Liverpool as he enters his third full season at the club.
Reds fans have not seen silverware at the club since the 2012 League Cup triumph, and with £175million spent on new signings already this summer, the German boss is aware he must claim his first scalp as soon as possible.
The £67m signing of Alisson from Roma brought Klopp’s total spend at the club to £415m in almost three years since replacing Brendan Rodgers, who was himself sacked after three trophyless seasons.
Klopp, 51, has also added Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri this summer, and with many of the team’s biggest needs addressed by the arrivals, he is aware of rising expectations.
He said: “People will say that it is the next step (to win trophies). We need to be ready for that.
“I know about the expectations and that is completely normal.
“First of all we have to play the football that gives us an opportunity to win something.
“We cannot talk about winning something before we start the season.”
Klopp has lost all three finals he has reached as Liverpool boss, including May’s Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.
In the Premier League, the club have recorded finishes of eighth, fourth and fourth under Klopp, and the German conceded that ending a 29-year wait for a league championship will be his toughest task due to the strength of rival teams.
Klopp told reporters: “It is of course consistency. It is not just that but we have to be more consistent, we have to create circumstances where we can be more consistent.
“Nobody is consistent with 11 players. What we are working on is the depth of the squad because you need it.
“Other teams of course will do transfer business as well.
“They will not be weaker than last year.
“(Last season’s Premier League champions Manchester) City brought in (Riyad) Mahrez and I did not hear that they lost one player so far.
“So it means the quality of last year plus Mahrez. That’s a nice plan as well.
“(Manchester) United will go for it too, and that’s completely normal. We expect more from ourselves.
“We will go again for the championship and each kind of cup but that does not mean I can sit here and we will get it. We have the highest ambitions, 100 per cent.”
Despite Klopp’s claims of the need for depth, it is reported the club will conduct a mass clearout over the coming weeks, with as many as eight players set to depart.
Recouping as much as £100m to ease the financial burden of the summer’s incomings, under-fire keeper Loris Karius and out-of-favour strikers Divock Origi and Danny Ings are believed to be among those shown the door.
Lazar Markovic could also be jettisoned, with youngsters Ben Woodburn, Sheyi Ojo and Marko Grujic likely to leave on loan.
Pedro Chirivella is set to complete a £5m move to the Championship with Nottingham Forest and Swansea City in for the Spanish midfielder.