Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool’s pre-season feels different to this time 12 months ago.
The Reds are in Germany, on the banks of Lake Tegernsee in the Bavarian Alps, for the latest stage of their preparations and face Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
They will then take part in the Audi Cup in Munich and got down to work with their first session on Wednesday.
“We didn’t want to be actually in Munich because we wanted a proper camp,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo.
“When we heard we would be part of the Audi Cup we decided to stay in this place. It’s a fantastic area – maybe the most beautiful area in the whole of Germany.
“It will be a really good camp. We have fantastic games with Hertha and then the Audi Cup so it’s really exciting.
“We will try everything to become a confident, strong, powerful and tactically smart side. That’s the plan.”
After the successful tour of Hong Kong, Klopp is desperate to ensure that momentum is maintained in his homeland. There will be no easing up on a gruelling training schedule with double sessions planned.
He has taken a 30-man squad to Germany, including new signing Andy Robertson.
Danny Ings and Sadio Mane are involved as they hit the comeback trail after injury, while Emre Can is back following his extended break after the Confederations Cup.
“We are still playing out of full training,” Klopp said.
“We had a crazy session in Hong Kong before we played Crystal Palace. They did six times 1000m in that heat!
“Then we played Leicester on the back of full training too. It’s been hard but we need to create these difficult moments. It’s the pre-season so it’s got to be testing.
“If you win a game, cool, it can help you. If you lose a game it doesn’t feel good but it can still help you. We want to win these games.”
Klopp admits his second pre-season with the Reds has a “different” feel to it compared to a year ago when his players were still adjusting to his methods.
Now most of the squad know exactly what’s expected of them as they gear up for the big kick-off on August 12.
“It’s not easier this year but it’s different,” he told the ECHO.
“A lot of the things we did last summer we have to do again. When you have some new players and a few players coming back who haven’t been involved for a few months then you need to keep doing things again and again.
“It’s just a little bit more normal now because we’ve already had a full season working together. I know more about the boys and they know more about me.
“Actually, I am happy with the circumstances so far. We really did exactly what we wanted to do in Hong Kong.
“And we did it much more difficult circumstances than what I thought it would be. It was really good and now we’ll enjoy the camp in Germany.”