Klopp: We are the Rocky to City's Drago

Silvia Morton
August 10, 2018

Jurgen Klopp says he could be without up to SEVEN first team players when Liverpool face West Ham at Anfield this weekend.

'I think for us it was pretty normal there would be one point where we spend more money.

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.

'You ask me about the gap with City. "The Reds look to have improved in a number of key areas this season and the signing of Brazilian keeper Alisson could be the last piece in the jigsaw".

In his pre-match press conference on Friday, ahead of Liverpool's season opener against West Ham on Sunday, Klopp said Liverpool spent so much to build a squad with the depth necessary to be genuine title contender.

'We have to be in a championship mode. More aggressive in the right moments. It's about losing them in other games.

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"We can not go there and win just because we are Liverpool".

"We can improve everything: we can improve our offensive game, we can improve our defensive game".

"The last few years, I have sat here and had to defend our transfer behaviour, that we sold more than we brought in, but that all made sense". It's hard for the other teams as well.

"Their Achilles heel for me will be against the lesser teams and if they can break them down but I'm all over Liverpool, I think they're the team who will come second". We want to be champions of England, but what about [Manchester] United and the other clubs? We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago. They didn't lose any players and they brought in [Riyad] Mahrez. We should try to win it this time.

"We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago, we are the ones who have to do more and fight more, that must be our attitude".

"In the league it's exactly the same". We got the Champions League and that was a success, but we can only improve two more places without being champions.

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