Gini Wijnaldum says Liverpool need to start strong in the Premier League this season if they’re to continue progressing.
The Reds take on newly-promoted Norwich City on Friday night at Anfield, with Jurgen Klopp hoping to walk away with his first three points of the campaign.
And Wijnaldum knows that his side are in for a “tough game” against the Canaries.
“I think it’s like that every season,” the Dutchman told LiverpoolFC.com.
“You just have to collect as much points as possible, especially in the beginning, and try to build a team who will be even better at the end of the season.
“It was, of course, difficult to prepare a team because not all of the players were back at pre-season.
“That’s the situation we had to deal with and maybe next season will be the same, so we just made the best of it.
“Now everyone is back, we can build and try and do even better than last season. Basically it starts now because now we have the whole team together.
“But the Premier League and all those other games don’t wait until you have your squad together, so we have to perform.
“We are really excited. We had a good pre-season, it was really hard and tough but we are looking forward to the Premier League.”
He added: “I am expecting a really tough game. If I’m honest, I expect that from every opponent because everyone wants to win against Liverpool now because of the success we had last season.
“So if we are not at 100 per cent and don’t give everything that we have, it will be even harder than it used to be. What we have to do is just work hard and try to perform.”