By Dominic Toner
Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool to win the International Champions Cup.
The Merseyside club face Premier League rivals Chelsea on Thursday in their first game and Klopp is taking the pre-season competition seriously.
“It’s a tournament, and if there’s something to win we want to try and win it. We have three or four games, so all good and let’s see what we can bring on the pitch,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo.
“It’s clear we cannot be at 100%, but I’m not interested – I want to see the 100% that is possible on this day.”
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte told the London Evening Standard that he views Liverpool as a key rival for the Premier League title and the two teams will get their first chance to face each other in the pre-season clash.
Liverpool will also face AC Milan and Spanish giants Barcelona in the group format and Klopp is targeting victories, he hopes will spur them on to challenge for the league next season.
Klopp took charge of Liverpool after a seven-year spell in charge of Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.
At Dortmund, the manager earned a reputation for playing high intensity, pressing football and bested giants Bayern Munich on two occasions.
The 49-year-old coach also won the DFB-Pokal and two DFL-Supercups, as well as two German Football Manager of the Year awards.
Klopp has been active in the transfer window this summer as he attempts to improve their league position from last year.
Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum joined Liverpool on Friday in a £25million deal and becomes the seventh signing of the window.
They have also recruited Sadio Mane, Joel Matip, Rangar Klavan, Loris Karius, Marko Grukic and Alex Manninger.
In other Liverpool team news, youth team coach believes that Klopp is the right manager for the youngsters at the club.