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Jurgen Klopp: 'Liverpool players at different fitness levels'

Klopp: 'Players at different fitness levels'
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits that his players are "not all on the same level" of fitness ahead of their first game on Sunday.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that his players are "not all on the same level" of fitness ahead of their first game on Sunday.

The Reds' pre-season preparations have been affected by numerous players taking part in the World Cup, with finalist Dejan Lovren, England midfielder Jordan Henderson and goalkeeper Simon Mignolet the last to return.

Speaking to the club's official website, Klopp said that there is "still a lot of work to do" before facing West Ham United at Anfield on Sunday.

"We need to get back the freshness, for one thing, and the other thing we still need to work on is endurance. The boys are not all on the same level, you can see that," the manager said.

"We need to play the first game somehow. Then we have another eight days because we play on Sunday and Monday. That is another pre-season week, I cannot change that. That's the challenge we have now.

"First of all, we have to make sure we have a good team for Tuesday and then for Sunday, then we have to prepare the next one. There's still a lot of work to do."

Liverpool play their final pre-season encounter on Tuesday evening against Torino.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1613303462842
2Manchester CityMan City1613214593641
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs16120430161436
4Chelsea16104233132034
5Arsenal16104235201534
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd167542826226
7Everton166642319424
8Bournemouth167272526-123
9Leicester CityLeicester166462120122
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves166461719-222
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham166372325-221
12Watford166372023-321
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton166371922-321
14Cardiff CityCardiff1642101530-1514
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle163491322-913
16Crystal Palace1633101323-1012
17Burnley1633101532-1712
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1624101027-1710
19Southampton161691330-179
20Fulham1623111640-249

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