Sport

Klopp has great expectations Liverpool will deliver

Klopp has great expectations Liverpool will deliver

"It was pretty normal there would be one season when we would spend more money", Klopp said.

Klopp, whose longtime number two Zeljko Buvac left abruptly towards the end of last term, fell back one of his favourite analogies saying Liverpool were Sylvester Stallone's fictional boxer Rocky Balboa rather than his Soviet opponent Ivan Drago.

"We have to be like Rocky".

"We are the ones who have to do more and fight more - that must be our attitude".

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

"We want to - that's clear for ages - be the champion of England or winning the league, but how could we say that, what about the other clubs?"

Klopp accepts the pressure ahead of Sunday's opening match against a much-changed West Ham United. That is likely to play a big part in the early weeks of the season, as players fitness issues provoke tough decisions from managers on who starts, who rests, at least until the worldwide break in September. It's time to strap yourselves in for another rollercoaster of a season and for the 1st time in years the optimism is high, the hope that this is the year Liverpool win their 1st league title since 1990 lingers around with even the most pessimistic of supporters having to find it hard to argue that Liverpool's chances of the title are realistic as opposed to a pipe dream. After an impressive pre-season, the Bolton-born defender could now make his competitive debut.

The Reds have brought in the likes of Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Naby Keita and are now expected to mount a strong challenge for the Premier League title. "I have not seen him [again] so far so we will see about his availability".

"I know a lot of people because we were that active in the transfer window". The champions are Manchester City; they didn't lose any player and they brought in Mahrez, so that doesn't make them weaker.

"The league is exactly the same". "It's about losing them in other games".