Jurgen Klopp: 'Liverpool are like Rocky Balboa not Ivan Drago'

Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp

Martin King brings you all the information you need to know ahead of Liverpool's Premier League opener against West Ham on Sunday.

Signed as an outcast from Arsenal's squad, Lucas Perez has endured a hard time in the Premier League since his arrival two seasons ago and made just a handful of appearances in his maiden campaign, then returning to Deportivo last season.

West Ham United are expected to mount a sustained push for the European places this season. City got three points from us, we got three points from them.

"That's all part of the business, but it doesn't decide anything", Klopp said about his club's blockbuster summer transfer window, which has drawn widespread praise.

Klopp has made four big money signings, adding goalkeeper Alisson, midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho and winger Xherdan Shaqiri, giving supporters genuine optimism ahead of the new campaign. But it felt in a lot of moments last season a bit like that, to be honest.

"The [Community Shield] game against Chelsea was impressive from both sides, there's top quality".

On the eve of the 2018/19 Premier League season, Jurgen Klopp has brushed aside any suggestions of his Liverpool side being termed title favourites, with a hilarious reference to the Rocky movie franchise.

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"We don't have any special plans just for him because it would be easier if Liverpool were just Mo Salah, but they aren't. But what about the other clubs?", Klopp opined at his pre-match press conference on Friday. "We are the ones who have to do more and fight more - that must be our attitude".

Premier League football is back and West Ham have a new manager at the helm, bringing former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini back to England.

"Tottenham are not weaker than previous year, just more experienced".

Liverpool haven't won the title since the Premier League's inception in 1992, with their last success coming in 1990.

For Jurgen Klopp, it was all about obtaining the right players and having already secured Naby Keita a year ago, the 1st addition to the squad was Fabinho from Monaco before the end of May, just days after the heartbreak in Kiev.

"But again, you all ask me about the gap of City and what we have to do".

"For me, it's easier to have more good players and some of them must wait than to not have any option to change".

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