Jurgen Klopp Compares Liverpool to Rocky, Manchester City to Ivan Drago

Florence Fletcher
August 11, 2018

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.

"The window is only one way closed so we cannot buy any more but we can sell not in Premier League - but it is clear that a few things will happen", he said. Being a Premier League player you need to tick a few boxes; as a goalkeeper it helps if you are calm. "We are the ones who have to do more and fight more - that must be our attitude". That is likely to play a big part in the early weeks of the season, as players fitness issues provoke tough decisions from managers on who starts, who rests, at least until the worldwide break in September.

Paul Merson believes Liverpool FC need to sign another centre-half to finally win their first Premier League title. We know that. We have to be more clinical in the right moments, we have to be more aggressive in the right moments. We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago.

"We have to be in a championship mode". Step by step, we have come closer. But what about the other clubs?

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"Ragnar (Klavan) no real chance, Joel (Matip) did parts of training like Joe (Gomez) did, we will see how they are today". They have added Fred in a move, similar to their addition of Matic last summer to try and allow Paul Pogba to play further up the pitch and try to have an effect. We got the Champions League and that was a success, but we can only improve two more places without being champions.

"We have to be more consistent".

"If you ask me whether it is the best squad I have ever had or whatever I don't think about that because it is not about what we have now it is about what we make of it, how often we deliver, how often we bring ourselves in a mood to fight with these Premier League teams who want to have our points".

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