Pep Guardiola: Best is yet to come from Leroy Sane

"To win consecutive leagues is going to be very hard, but we're going to try".

Preseason gives clubs an opportunity to take a look at a variety of players, whether they may be squad regulars, fringe players, newcomers or reserves.

But as he highlighted the difficulties they will face with their rivals and newcomers continuing to build, Klopp stressed that Liverpool still need to improve.

City won the Premier League title last season after a magnificent return of 100 points, and they finished 25 points clear of fourth placed Liverpool.

"For 75 incredible minutes, the players were so exhausted but worked so hard and for the last part of the game Liverpool brought on incredible quality and deserved to score the goals in the end". Half-time substitute Mane scored the eventual victor from the penalty spot deep into injury time.

Sane was impactful for the Citizens on Wednesday, scoring just 12 minutes into the second half after being brought on by Guardiola.

Nathaniel Phillips impressed onlooking supporters against Manchester City
Nathaniel Phillips impressed onlooking supporters against Manchester City

However, the Egyptian Pharaoh would exact vengeance moments later, taking advantage of City's defensive frailties and inexperience to become unmarked and head past the flailing Joe Hart, who one could argue should have done better with the ball coming straight at him, amid calls for off-side.

The Reds, then managed by Louis Van Gaal, initially fell behind courtesy of a Steven Gerrard spot-kick, but fought back with goals from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard to win 3-1 and claim the pre-season trophy.

Whilst this core of players was unable to assert any authority on proceedings, Daniel Sturridge's failure to make any significant contribution in attack was Klopp's biggest disappointment.

In contrast, Tottenham are yet to buy any new players this summer.

While Jurgen Klopp will be targeting silverware this season, he insists Liverpool aren't willing to sacrifice their attractive style of play to achieve success.

This has proven even more so this year, helped by the absence of many of their higher profile players.


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