‘We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago’ – Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool are not the favourites to achieve Premier League glory


The German spoke to the media ahead of Liverpool’s first league game of the campaign against West Ham on Sunday

Jurgen Klopp has likened Liverpool to being like ‘Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago’ ahead of the start of the 2018/19 season.

The Reds have been tipped by many to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title with some backing Liverpool to go all the way and win their first top flight crown in 29 years, including ex-player Dean Saunders .

Klopp claimed Alisson has settled into his new club despite signing just two weeks ago

Klopp claimed Alisson has settled into his new club despite signing just two weeks ago

Liverpool have spent over £170million this summer, signing Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri while favourites to win the league Manchester City’s only notable acquisition has been Riyad Mahrez.

However, although this season could see Liverpool win their first ever Premier League title, the German insisted a tough campaign lies ahead.

Klopp said: “City – the champions – have not lost a player and brought in Mahrez. They were impressive against Chelsea, both sides were. We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago.

“We need to want more and fight more. That must be our attitude.

“We will try to reach the highest, that’s always my expectations.

“You ask me about the gap with City. We had three points from City and they had three points from us. It’s about losing them in other games.

“It’s not the other big six. You see how Fulham, Wolves and Everton act – and I’m not forgetting anybody – they are all ambitious. It’s difficult for all the teams.

“We have to be in a championship mode. We jump into the water and we dive until we don’t have oxygen anymore. That’s the plan. A lot of people think because of the transfer window we will [challenge more] – but that’s not how it is.

“It’s not about what we have now, it’s about what we make of it and how often we deliver. We have to be ready to fight.”

Klopp and co. kick off their Premier League campaign at home to West Ham on Sunday – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT at 13:30.

Fabinho could make his competitive debut for the Reds against West Ham

Fabinho could make his competitive debut for the Reds against West Ham

The only confirmed absentees for the game are Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan, while Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip could all feature despite concerns they would not be fit enough.

And Klopp predicted a ‘brutal 95 minutes’ against the new-look Hammers.

He added: “Manuel [Pellegrini] is one of the most successful managers on the planet. He knows football and is a good tactician.

“He has brought in good players and if you go through the team of West Ham it could be a completely different team.
“It could be Yarmolenko, Arnautovic, Wilshere, Noble, Cresswell back – that’s a good football team.

“It’s the first home game for Liverpool. People expect us to win. So do we. It will be a brutal 95 minutes but it will be easy to underestimate West Ham.”

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