Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Klopp: We are the Rocky to City's Drago

Klopp: We are the Rocky to City's Drago

What about United? What about the other clubs?

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp at Ewood Park, Blackburn, Britain.

A little surprisingly, Pele failed to mention another Brazilian on Liverpool's books in midfielder Fabinho, who joined from Monaco for £44million and could prove to be a hugely important player for Jurgen Klopp's team.

The Reds have strengthened in the close season with the likes of Alisson, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri arriving and boss Klopp says Liverpool are ready to "really go for it".

Speaking ahead of Liverpool's campaign opener at home to West Ham on Sunday, Klopp stressed that his side's summer spending does not guarantee contention.

"It's pretty normal that there would be one point where we spent a bit more money".

'We have to be in a championship mode.

But the German recognises it remains a sizeable task and likened City to Drago, the formidable rival to fictional boxing character Balboa. The champions are Manchester City; they didn't lose any player and they brought in Mahrez, so that doesn't make them weaker.

"We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago, we have to fight more and do more things".

As endorsements go, getting one from arguably the greatest footballer of all time isn't a bad one and that's exactly what Liverpool have got as they look forward to the start of the new Premier League season. They can still win trophies when you think they've got problems. We need to want more and fight more. "That's how it is, we know that", he told reporters at Melwood. 'We know that. More clinical.

Klopp said the team needed to improve at both ends of the pitch if they are to make a genuine title challenge and not end up as last season - finishing fourth 25 points adrift of City.

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

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