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Klopp ready to ‘write new chapter’ as pre-season tour ends

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he is ready “to write a new chapter” and move on from their Champions League victory after the club concluded their pre-season US tour with a 2-2 draw against Sporting Lisbon.

Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum scored for the European champions in a friendly bookended by Sporting goals from Bruno Fernandes and Wendel.

Liverpool have been without at least four of their first-choice XI in the US and Klopp is happy to be returning to England.

“It was an intense week, three games in a short period. Maybe we did too much,” he said.

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“But now nobody should talk to me too often about the Champions League trophy, that is now finished. Now we can write a new chapter.

“From a sports point of view I am happy to go back to England.”

Simon Mignolet gifted Sporting Lisbon a goal but recovered to make several good saves
On the coolest night of the tour Klopp named his strongest starting XI which saw Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain flank Origi in attack.

For the third time in as many games Liverpool conceded first, Simon Mignolet making a dreadful error which allowed a powerful Fernandes strike to go right through him.


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