Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says they’ll be taking seriously their Community Shield clash with Arsenal.
The curtain-raiser to the new season comes just five weeks after the Premier League champions wrapped up their 2019-20 campaign and they have been back in training for just a fortnight.
“I’d be surprised if we played our best game of the season – but it’s not a friendly, it’s a proper match against Arsenal,” Klopp said during his pre-match press conference on Friday, before insisting his team are in a position to be competitive.
He added: “Would I want to play a proper game after two weeks’ preparation? No. But we’ve known about it for a while.
“We don’t have friendlies, we have testing games. It’s a competition and it’s rare you have perfect time to prepare for a game.”