In what is definitely an excellent omen for how the 2017-18 season is going to go, and definitely not a game won against a vastly outmatched opponent, Liverpool ran rings around Sydney FC on Wednesday night.
“That was the most intense away game I’ve ever had,” Klopp said after Liverpool’s 3-0 victory. “I’ve no idea how the players did it. Obviously they’ve enjoyed it.”
Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Steve McManaman, and Daniel Agger all made appearances in the friendly, and the three goals came from Daniel Sturridge, Alberto Moreno, and Roberto Firmino.
The stadium was filled with 72,892 fans, almost all of whom had turned up to support Liverpool as the club kicked off its 125th anniversary celebrations.
“We are here to show ourselves, the club, Liverpool FC,” Klopp said. “We’re really thankful Sydney FC gave us the opportunity two weeks after their season [ended]. We’re really thankful for the support. That’s why we’re here. We could have done other things, we could have been already on holiday but we came here because we wanted to be together with the Liverpool supporters.”
Sydney FC’s coach, Graham Arnold, was also grateful for the experience, albeit for slightly different reasons.
"It's good for our boys, the Australian kids especially, to come up against that quality," Arnold said after the game. "A lot of young boys haven't played at international level and to play against that type of quality is a bit of a reality check.
"Obviously they touched us up a bit in the first half there but it's good to see the difference, the sharpness, the quickness of the brain, how they think. It's definitely miles apart," he said.
Liverpool will travel to Hong Kong in July to appear in the Premier League Asia Trophy.