Klopp: We are the Rocky to City's Drago


Liverpool's close-season outlay was greater than any of their Premier League rivals, adding Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri to a team that reached the Champions League final last term. We have little things we have to think about, if it's a risk or not, if we take the risk or not. If you are to look across the rest of the so-called top 6, Manchester City's main acquisition was the record fee paid for Mahrez from Leicester for a position where City already have a wealth of attacking options on their books. That's the plan - to really go for it.

These displays, along with last season's top four and Champions League final finish have set a high standard for Liverpool both within the club and outside of it, though, Klopp is well aware that although many tip his side to end this campaign as Premier League champions, they still carry the moniker of underdogs. I thought about it for the pre-season, but now we have to be in this championship moment. At the end, I believe we will have a fantastic football team on the pitch. "Joel did parts of training yesterday, like Joe did, so we will see how they are today".

Pellegrini, who makes his league bow as Hammers boss at Liverpool tomorrow, said: "Maybe it is one of the most hard things for a manager, because all of them want to play and with better players, more problem". Do we go to finals again? I don't think about that because it's not what we have now, it's about what we make of it, how often we deliver, how often we bring ourselves in a mood to fight against all these Premier League teams who all want to have our points.

When asked what the 25-year-old needs to do to make an impact on the Premier League, Klopp told reporters: "Just be yourself in this case because he is a very calm person, very laid-back during the week".

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"We are still Rocky Balboa, not Ivan Drago", said Klopp. That must be our attitude.

Klopp, who took over at Liverpool job in 2015 after guiding Borussia Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles, says he expects his players to fight to the last breath for the league title.

"We didn't reach anything so far". In the league it's exactly the same.

"It is like scientists without trying to see if it really works".