Joel Matip believes Liverpool's tour of the United States has set the squad up with a solid base of fitness for the new campaign.

The Reds are returning to Merseyside after a three-match visit of America, which involved tests against established opposition in sweltering weather conditions.

Following the 2-2 draw with Sporting CP in New York on Wednesday night, the team will now move on to Edinburgh to face Napoli at Murrayfield on Sunday before then heading to Evian for a training camp.

"It was an intense period with good opponents and we worked hard to get a better fitness level and to get back in the mood," Matip told

"We still have a lot of work to do and we are working hard. I'm looking forward and we are confident.

"We know it's a long way to go and we still have a lot to improve, but we're on a good way."

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