Klopp: We are the Rocky to City's Drago

City fans expect perfect Pep prep but Reds will rival reigning champions

Liverpool FC signed AS Monaco midfielder Fabinho and RB Leipzig's Guinea global Naby Keita to bolster their options in the middle of the park under Klopp.

That is the verdict of Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, who expects the Reds to benefit from those acquisitions when they kick off their season against West Ham.

"Make the best of it".

West Ham fans have grown to be frustrated in recent years following false promises from the board, with boiling point reached in a defeat to Burnley earlier this year where some fans invaded the field to protest, but the owners have finally put their money where their mouth is.

Liverpool's summer business means optimism is high that a first Premier League title could be on its way to Merseyside.

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Klopp however pointed out that there could be further departures from Anfield, with the transfer window still open for major leagues in Spain, France, Italy and Germany.

"We have to be more consistent, we know that". Should we go to a final again we should try to win it this time. "We will see, we have no big issues but little things".

'Every season except the first when I arrived (at Barcelona), when I had people who didn't know I was a manager, since then we've been the favourites.

"The champions, Man City, didn't lose any players and brought in [Riyad] Mahrez".

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.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reveals that Alisson Becker has settled in quickly at the club ahead of his expected competitive debut against West Ham United.

'They are top-quality. We are still Rocky Balboa, not Ivan Drago. In the league it's exactly the same.

"Step by step, we come closer". We need to improve everything. "Let's go for it until we have no more air or oxygen, really go for it". In the last few years I sat here and had to defend our transfer behaviour: that we sold more than we brought in.

"We want to be, it's clear for ages, champions of England".

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