Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Alberto Moreno has picked up nothing more than a minor injury, while revealing that he is content with his side’s pre-season work.
The Reds fell to a 2-1 defeat to Roma in St Louis on Monday, as they now look ahead to returning to Europe and continuing their preparations.
Despite the disappointment of losing the game, Klopp took the positives away from the performance and the tour in general and is hopeful that it will serve its purpose in terms of having the squad ready for the new campaign ahead.
With several new faces arriving during the summer transfer window, the German tactician will hope that they can continue settle in and familiarise themselves with their new teammates with under two weeks to go until the new Premier League season gets underway.
“Alberto has a dead leg in his hamstring – that’s all it is,” Klopp said, as noted by The Liverpool Echo. “It wasn’t our best game but that can happen when you aren’t compact like in the first half. There were big spaces between the positions. Nearly every attacking situation was a chance. It made no sense.
“We’ve had 13 days in the USA and the hardest circumstances tonight. A lot of intensive sessions and then playing in that heat.
“The players have done really well on this tour. There have been a lot of perfect sessions and some really good moments in our games.
“The supporters were fantastic, that’s been the main thing about this tour. We tried to pay them back but tonight it wasn’t enough. We will pay them back this season.”
The Reds have played seven games in pre-season thus far, winning five and losing two, as they now prepare to take on Barcelona on Saturday before their final test against Mainz on Sunday with Klopp likely to send two different groups to each game.
However, the real business starts the following weekend with Liverpool travelling to the Emirates to take on Arsenal in their Premier League season opener, with Klopp hopeful that they’ve had sufficient time and preparation to get in the best shape possible.