Jurgen Klopp Compares Liverpool to Rocky, Manchester City to Ivan Drago

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

'I think for us it was pretty normal there would be one point where we spend more money.

Asked what Liverpool must do to catch City, Klopp replied with a smile: "More luck".

Klopp added: "We will see about the England boys and Dejan. 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.

If Matip and Gomez are unavailable, Nathaniel Phillips, who has performed well in pre-season, will likely partner Van Dijk. 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.

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. We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago. We didn't reach anything so far.

'The window is only one way closed so we cannot buy any more but we can sell - not in Premier League - but it is clear things will happen'. What about United? What about the other clubs? More clinical. More aggressive in the right moments.

"We have to try to reach the highest, that is always my expectations".

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"The champions, Man City, didn't lose any players and brought in [Riyad] Mahrez".

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".

"Liverpool will give the title a go, they're the second best now, I think they've bought very well, very well", Merson told Sky Sports.

"The league is exactly the same".

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