While Jurgen Klopp was impressed with his Liverpool side’s performances last season, the German believes there is plenty of room for improvement.
Klopp began the campaign hoping for a top-four finish, with his ambitions shifting to the Premier League title after a bright start, before deflating again in the new year.
But during a pre-season campaign he will hope precludes a successful 2017/18, Klopp outlined seven key areas that he hopes can improve.
“Take the recipe you saw last year and involve a few nice things,” he told reporters.
“Like better defending, more concentration, smarter play, better game understanding, learning more from the game in the game.
“Reacting better to these situations, being more clinical in more than a few situations.
“That would be a nice meal then!”
He will be hoping to improve his squad on the training pitch this summer, too, having begun pre-season at Melwood on July 5, before heading to Hong Kong this week.
While in the Far East, the German has overseen a series of testing exercises, with much of Friday’s 90-minute open session focused on set-piece situations.
This was one of Liverpool’s clear flaws last season, and indeed the season before that, with corners a particular weakness.
Since joining the Reds, Klopp has preached the importance of improving his current squad, rather than turning freely towards the transfer market, and this summer can be crucial in that regard.