Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp still expects players to leave

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp still expects players to leave

But the German insists they are still underdogs in the battle for the league crown, saying: "We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago". We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago.

'I think for us it was pretty normal there would be one point where we spend more money. 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. But that all made sense - we had to create a squad which is strong enough and wide enough to cope with the Premier League and to be as successful as possible.

But having spent £170million this summer on midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho, goalkeeper Alisson and Xherdan Shaqiri Liverpool are seen as the genuine rivals to City for the title.

Manuel Pellegrini is back in the Premier League with West Ham (Picture: Getty Images)What are the odds? We had three points from City and they had three points from us.

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"We are the ones who have to do more and fight more - that must be our attitude".

Liverpool reached the final of the Champions League last season, knocking out City on the way, but they were 25 points off the record-breaking pace set by Pep Guardiola's side domestically. It's about making the right decisions in the right moment.

Klopp is yet to win any silverware at Liverpool despite reaching the finals of the 2016 League Cup and Europa League and last season's Champions League, believes Liverpool need some good fortune.

"We have to be in the championship mode", he said. Step by step, we have come closer. "But what about the other clubs?", Klopp opined at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

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"We want to be, it has been clear for ages, champion of England and winning the league but how can we say that?"

"We need more luck", he said.

"Liverpool will give the title a go, they're the second best now, I think they've bought very well, very well", Merson told Sky Sports.

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