Liverpool have defensive worries ahead of West Ham tie

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The champions are Manchester City.

He stated: "My expectations are always high".

"We want to be, it has been clear for ages, champion of England and winning the league but how can we say that?"

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. Maybe with the way his team plays or because of other problems.

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".

"We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago, we are the ones who have to do more and fight more, that must be our attitude".




And while Klopp would like that fortune to change he knows there are other factors which are more important.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has announced that his centre-half Dejan Lovren will miss out on the Reds season opener against West Ham on Sunday after his late return to Merseyside following a post-World Cup final break. We can't go there and only win because we are Liverpool. 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. We were in finals.

Despite spending £250million on new players in 2018, Klopp believes City are still the team to beat and used the Rocky IV film to emphasise his point. In the last few years I sat here and had to defend our transfer behaviour: that we sold more than we brought in.

"We didn't reach anything so far".

"We will see, we have not big issues but we have these little things where we have to think about if it's a risk or not and if it's a risk do we take it or not and all that stuff". You have to create a squad which is strong enough and wide enough to cope with the Premier League. We can improve everything.

"So we have two players in each position, they must be working in a competitive way and after that it is my duty for every game to choose the starting XI that I think is best". We have to come in a championship mood.

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