Jurgen Klopp has called on the media not to get carried away with England’s showing in their forthcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil.
England, led Gareth Southgate will face the world’s two highest-ranking nations at Wembley on Friday and next Tuesday respectively as they begin their build-up to next summer’s World Cup.
There is anticipation in those exhibition games both due to the calibre of opposition and the fresh and youthful nature of Southgate’s squad, after the head coach has dropped seven players from England’s previous call-up in addition to bringing in uncapped players.
However, Klopp has called for caution and even suggested that the Football Association may be mistaken in choosing two such strong opponents.
“If you want to play a friendly you should choose another team than Germany. And Brazil is the second one, that’s really funny,” said the Liverpool manager. “All the journalists need to cool down and don’t expect too much. It’s not that they [England] cannot win, of course, but you make it too big if they win, too big if they lose.”
“When qualification was over, people said now the problems start because the tournament is coming up. So England has a bunch of fantastic young players, that’s how it is. I’m not sure how Germany will line up but it’s a very good game for sure but I would not say it should be a sign for the future.”
Klopp also feels England’s prospects lies in their youth group who won the under-17s’ recent World Cup triumph following on the back of the under-19s winning the European Championship and the under-20s also being crowned world champions.
“The sign for the future was the Under-17 and the Under-20 World Cup successes,” Klopp said. “We have to make sure they are coming through.”