With plenty of fans and pundits alike tipping Liverpool for a genuine title tilt next term, the Reds' pre-season results have hardly served as ideal preparation, although Kenny Dalglish has yet to unleash his best side on unsuspecting opponents.
Consecutive 3-0 defeats at the hands of Hull and Galatasaray, respectively, were followed by a six-goal draw with Norwegian outfit Valerenga on Monday night - not the form of potential league winners, but it’s early days.
Dalglish is not overly concerned just yet, but realises he has something to work on before the new campaign gets underway on August 13, and Liverpool defender Daniel Agger says that King Kenny is on the case - and the players are taking note.
"Kenny has his way of getting his point across," Agger explained. "He has said himself that we need to be streetwise. That is what we have got to do. If you are a footballer, you have to be a perfectionist. There is definitely something to work on."
In terms of the draw in Norway, two-goal saviour Agger added: "It just wasn't good enough, especially in the first half. The second half was okay but it wasn't what it needs to be.
"We need to show we can keep a clean sheet and we have got to defend better."
Meanwhile, Pepe Reina - who made his first appearance of pre-season against Valerenga - is still optimistic about a successful season, as long as the current defensive frailties can be addressed.
He said: "We have a lot of work ahead of us as we cannot afford to concede so many goals. To let in three is not our identity. We have to be optimistic but we were far behind last year. We need to make sure that we improve."
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