Jurgen Klopp was pretty happy with his Liverpool on Sunday, even though the Reds lost the Community Shield in penalty kicks.
Yes, his pal Pep Guardiola pipped him to another shiny item after 90 minutes of 1-1 at Wembley Stadium, but the Reds were dominant in the second half and probably deserved more.
While congratulating City, Klopp was clearly relieved as his men looked better than they had for most of the preseason.
Liverpool had more stability in its lineup, only missing Sadio Mane, and looked primed for Friday’s Premier League opener versus Norwich City.
“The least we deserved was the equalizer, one save decided it and I cannot be disappointed today. The performance was much more important today than a win. We know we are still here, we can still play proper football.”
Liverpool beat Lyon in a Wednesday friendly, but had previously stumbled in losing to Napoli, Sevilla, and Borussia Dortmund. It also drew Sporting Lisbon.
The Reds look ready to start a proper title race in five days times.