On what’s pleased him most from Liverpool’s pre-season programme…

The training sessions. We had wonderful training sessions, in the first three weeks and then when all the other players came in again they showed their fantastic attitude – that’s really important – and they were open to new things. In pre-season you can do a lot more and with ‘a lot more’ I don’t mean intensity, I mean about the kind of training, the tactical things – different things we could involve in our training. They were really open because a few things were 100 per cent new, completely new, to them. Seeing then how ready they are to learn, that’s quite exciting and so that’s what I enjoyed most.

On putting the hard work into practice against Arsenal…

We showed and we saw a lot [in pre-season]. Most of the time I would say it was very positive. It’s not too serious that the last performance in pre-season was not too positive. It is like it is – you have to respect the quality of the opponent and you can only work with your own expectations. When you meet another opponent, you have to respect they too have their own targets, aims and ambitions. That’s always exciting because you only know about your status quo – you have no idea about their status quo and you should not think too much about them, especially not in the first one, two or three games of a season. Of course we saw them because they’ve had pre-season games too and we had our scouts there, so we know as much as we can know. The rest is a little bit of a dark room and so you have to go there and work with the information you have, especially if you’re trying to bring through your own idea and make them as many problems as possible. That’s what we’ve been working on and these last three or four days are now for bringing freshness into the legs and into the mind. It’s not the highest intensity in this week – we stopped intensity on Sunday and now we are in something like a normal rhythm, and that’s what we have to use.