Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes team spirit will be key to his team’s chances of competing at the top of the Premier League.
The German succeeded Brendan Rodgers as manager at Anfield in October and guided the club to an eighth-place finish in the final league standings.
The Reds have only finished in the top four of the division once in the last seven seasons, and the 49-year-old insists that team spirit, rather than big signings, will be key to helping the Merseyside outfit return to the upper reaches of the Premier League.
He said: “This moment for us it is about creating and building a team for next year. We have to prove our thoughts about the team works.”
Klopp has added three new signings to his squad during the close-season, with Sadio Mane arriving from Southampton for £34million, Loris Karius joining from Mainz for £4.7million and Joel Matip coming in on a free transfer from Schalke.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss is pleased with all three of his new signings but is wary of making too many changes to his squad ahead of the new campaign.
He added: “I am 100 per cent happy with the guys we have brought in until now. We didn’t have to convince them that Liverpool is not as bad as everyone says, no.
“We have to build a special bond. It is using experience, using the base and not killing the base and starting completely new.”
Liverpool start the new Premier League season with an away trip to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal on August 14 and punters may choose to use their free bet to back Klopp’s side to begin the campaign with a victory.