And while many would have predicted Pep Guardioa’s Manchester City side to be Liverpool’s main challengers this season, Klopp understands entirely why Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard’s teams are the ones applying the pressure this time around.
"There’s a lot of quality in these squads and with the managers," he said in his pre-match press conference. "A lot of good work is done on the training ground.
"Southampton look really, really good too and we know how good Leicester are. It’s a sign that the teams are close together this year.
"It’s a very difficult but interesting season for everybody. There’s chances there for all the teams and it’s nothing to do with what you achieved last year.
"You have to be ready for that because it’s really tough for all of us. But I’m not surprised."