Klopp happy despite Audi Cup defeat

Jurgen Klopp has declared himself happy with Liverpool’s showing in the final of the Audi Cup on Wednesday night.

The Reds ultimately lost the tie, 5-4 on penalties to Atletico Madrid at the Allianz Arena after the match had ended 1-1.

Roberto Firmino scored Liverpool's goal, from the penalty spot with 83 minutes played after Keidi Bare's 33rd minute opener.

And following an intensive pre-season programme, that sees the club play one more warm-up match, against Athletic Club on Saturday, the German boss admitted while his side were tired, they still created plenty to be positive about.

Speaking to the club's official website, he said: "If you get to a penalty shootout you want to win it, but that's not the important situation that we have today. The boys played really well, they were very good in their preparations and you couldn't have had a more difficult job than we did today against a team like Atletico, who get results, results, results. 

"We had a lot of substitutions and were a bit tired from all the training, so it can't be easy. If you can do it better then great. 

"In the first half, we had a few nice moments where we had some good crosses. It was really tight, but when we conceded we didn't think straight away and the formation wasn't 100 per cent. 

"One lost challenge with a header shouldn't mean you go behind. In the second half, we played much better but the situation continued to be very difficult. We lost the penalty shootout, but I am not absolutely down and out about it."

First up for Liverpool in the Premier League is a trip to Vicarage Road to face Watford, with Klopp adding: "We've really trained hard, the boys have been great about it and done everything I've expected from them. 

"We've had a very intensive programme, so that's why I am very, very happy with it. We didn't have freshness today, but we still have one-and-a-half weeks until our first game [at Watford]. That's the time we need to prepare for it. I am satisfied with how it is. 

"It's very easy – next season we want to be as good as we can possibly be. We want to be better than last year, which isn't easy, but we don't set any limits to ourselves."