In the latest Liverpool news, boss Jurgen Klopp understands that expectations at the club have been raised following their busy summer of transfer activity.
The Reds enjoyed a successful season last time out, as they secured another top-four finish in the Premier League and they made it through to the Champions League final where they were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid.
The attacking talents of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were particularly lauded during the campaign, although there was criticism of the defence.
Klopp has moved to address that by bringing in Alisson for a world record fee for a goalkeeper, while big money has also been spent on the signings of Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri to add to the £75million spent on defender Virgil van Dijk during the January transfer window.
Those big-money arrivals have added to the weight of expectancy that now surrounds Anfield and Klopp acknowledges that the need to win a major trophy has been heightened thanks to his transfer business.
“You’re right and people will say that it is the next step. We need to be ready for that,” Klopp told reporters in New York, where Liverpool were continuing their pre-season tour.
“I know about the expectations and that’s 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.”
Liverpool have not been crowned champions of England since 1990, but they are priced at 9/2 with William Hill to end that wait this season.
The Reds last trophy triumph of any real note came in 2012 when they beat Cardiff on penalties to win the League Cup.