Improved Liverpool need to be more clinical for title tilt, says Klopp

Improved Liverpool need to be more clinical for title tilt, says Klopp

The English duo only just reported back for pre-season training earlier this week and are not yet match fit.

"Jurgen Klopp has targeted where he needs to strengthen and I expect Alisson, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri to improve them".

But the German recognises it remains a sizeable task and likened City to Drago, the formidable rival to fictional boxing character Balboa. Klopp, in looking at the 25 point gap that his side needs to close on the reigning champions Manchester City, analogized his club to Rocky and City to Drago.

"Somebody told me we were the unluckiest team".

"We have to be more consistent, we know that". That's how it is. In the last few years I sat here and had to defend our transfer behaviour: that we sold more than we brought in.

"There are a lot of things". We need to improve everything. We can improve our offensive play, we can improve our defensive play.

"We ask if it is a risk - and if it is a risk, do we take it?" It's nothing to do with City. Then he felt ill so we sent him home again and I haven't seen him again.

Apart from the aforementioned players, the only other confirmed absentee is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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Granted, his rivals will know how the Reds play but it is nearly impossible to stop when they're on song. Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool will face Manuel Pellegrini's West Ham United this weekend.

"They look a really good team and this is a really tough start for Manuel Pellegrini".

'It's not the other big six.

"If you see how Wolves act, Fulham act, Everton act, a lot of clubs are all ambitious". It is really hard, but it's not only hard for us.

"It is hard for us and the other teams too".

"I don't think too much about it". We have to be in this championship mood. We jump into the water and we dive until we don't have oxygen anymore. That's the plan, that we really go for it.

"We will see about the England boys and Dejan. The champions are Manchester City", Jurgen Klopp continued. That doesn't make them weaker. So they are top quality.

There are many fans of the Rocky movie franchise who believe that part IV was the best film in the series, as it most easily lends itself to the classic David vs. Goliath motif. That must be our attitude. We did not reach anything so far.

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