We have to be in the championship mode, says Liverpool’s Klopp

While City have not spent as much as Liverpool in this window, they have been among the biggest spenders in the English top-flight for a few years now and a majority of their squad looks likely to remain the same in the years to come.

But Klopp has admitted more of the same could unfold over the next month.

"We have to be like Rocky". More clinical. More aggressive in the right moments.

"We have to be more consistent".

"We need more luck", he said.

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

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.

"We have to be in the championship mode", he said.

"We can not go there and win just because we are Liverpool".

Chelsea's delay in appointing Maurizio Sarri as their new coach in place of Antonio Conte until a few days into their pre-season preparations and speculation regarding the long-term future of Courtois that saw them yesterday spend a world record on a goalkeeper in the shape of Kepa from Bilbao as Real Madrid finally secured the Belgian keeper, formerly of their city rivals Atletico.

When I talked with the owners, we agreed we needed to work on a project. You dive in the water and now let's go for it until we don't have enough air.

"People ask if it is the best squad but I don't think about it". It is really hard, but it's not only hard for us. We want to be champions of England, but what about [Manchester] United and the other clubs?

Alisson doesn't look too keen to play Sadio Mane's game (Picture: Getty Images)What channel is Liverpool vs West Ham on and is there a live stream? We are the ones who have to do more, to fight more, to do all these things. We did not reach anything so far.

  • Rosalie Stanley