Klopp: We are the Rocky to City's Drago

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Jurgen Klopp's focus is on ensuring his talented Liverpool squad deliver on their potential after extensive spending in the transfer market, rather than worrying about closing the gap to Manchester City.

Setting aside talk of his expectations and the strength of the group, Klopp acknowledged only results will matter when the season starts against West Ham on Sunday.

"We have to be more consistent, we know that". It's about making the right decisions in the right moment. We have to improve everything.

Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool "have to be" Rocky Balboa in this season's Premier League title race and compared Manchester City to Ivan Drago.

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This has raised expectations for a title challenge in 2018/19, but after City's record-breaking 100-point tally last season the obstacles are vast.

"For me, it is more hard when you don't have players and you just have eleven because then you don't have any problems and you just choose the same starting XI every week, but that is impossible because the number of games and the injuries the players have", the Hammers boss said, according to West Ham's official website. They wanted to invest money to bring in players.

"We don't have any special plans just for him because it would be easier if Liverpool were just Mo Salah, but they aren't". Italy have imposed a deadline of next Friday (17th) but other major leagues including La Liga will have until 31st August to conclude their business which means that star players of Premier League teams could yet depart for pastures new but without their sides being able to replace them. "I think it's the year of Liverpool, Alisson and Firmino!"

"I know a lot of people because we were that active in the transfer window", he said.

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"We want to - that's clear for ages - be the champion of England or winning the league".

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. It's not true. City were a fantastic team a year ago and they brought in Mahrez. We saw the game against Chelsea, they are top quality.

"We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago".

In terms of exits, the most high profile of permanent departures was Danny Ward to Leicester who some, prior to the arrival of Alisson, may have hoped would finally have his opportunity to shine as he was left to sit out all season as Klopp alternated between Mignolet and Karius. We have to come in a championship mood. Why should we do that? We only did finals. Should we go to a final again we should try to win it this time?

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