Jurgen Klopp has said he is “not good enough to decide” whether to prioritise winning the Premier League or the Champions League this season.
Klopp won his first European title last season with Liverpool, but finished a point shy of back-to-back Premier League winners Manchester City.
The Reds have not won the domestic league title since 1989/90, but Klopp refuses to be pulled into the thought of focusing on the Premier League this season, ahead of the Super Cut tie against Chelsea on Wednesday.
Asked if after winning the Champions League he would prioritise the Premier League this season, Klopp said: “Unfortunately I am not good enough to decide that! I have to take what I can get. That is how it is.
“We didn’t decide last year that we would go for the Champions League and ignore the Premier League obviously so we just try to win the next football game.
“That is [Wednesday] night and that is difficult enough. I am not a genius so I have to take what I can get.
“Last year thankfully we won something, celebrated it, so now let’s carry on.”
This Super Cup game marks a return to the City in which Liverpool made a historic European victory over AC Milan in 2005.
“I know about the special importance of Istanbul and what a special place it is for every Liverpool supporter. 2005, nobody will forget it,” Klopp added.
“We are different people though, team in 2019/20. That’s a pretty good one as well.”
“We respect Chelsea a lot”
Although the Reds are viewed as huge favourites on Wednesday, Klopp believes he is coming up against an “interesting” Chelsea side under the management of Frank Lampard.
“I didn’t know everybody expected us to win! No problem what people think around us,” Klopp said.
“We respect Chelsea a lot. If you saw the game against United and if you only saw the result you would have no idea how the game was. They played a good game.
“They are a really interesting team, with a good plan. Frank did an outstanding job last year [at Derby], changed the football there. Now he is at Chelsea – his club – everything is fresh.
“It is the first title they can win together. They will be 100% ready and we have to make sure we are ready as well be.
“Everything that doesn’t help you in the game we have to ignore and that’s what we do, actually.”
Dejan Lovren did not travel with the squad to Istanbul and he continued to be linked with a move to Roma. However, Klopp insists his absence is illness-related and not transfer based.
“It’s because he is ill,” he said.
“We will see what happens in general, not just in this window.”