Klopp: We are the Rocky to City's Drago

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Liverpool finished 25 points behind champions Manchester City last season, and Klopp was asked at news conference on Friday what needed to be done to close the gap this time around after a summer in which Fabinho, Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri and goalkeeper Alisson joined the club.

"We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago, we have to fight more and do more things". "We have to consider whether it's a risk or not and if it's a risk, whether we take it or not".

"A lot of people think because we were active in the transfer window we will [be City's biggest challengers] but that's all part of the business".

"We have to be more consistent, that's how it is". That does not decide anything.

But he said his team would also need a change in luck if they are to catch last year's runaway champions Manchester City.

"It is hard to win every game, if we see how Wolves, Fulham or Everton act, they are all ambitious".

Jürgen Klopp has confirmed that the scan Fabinho had on a knock he picked up is clear and that the Brazilian should be fit to face West Ham while Dejan Lovren is unavailable. We saw the game against Chelsea, they are top quality.

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In terms of exits, the most high profile of permanent departures was Danny Ward to Leicester who some, prior to the arrival of Alisson, may have hoped would finally have his opportunity to shine as he was left to sit out all season as Klopp alternated between Mignolet and Karius.

"We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago".

"Manuel is one of the most successful managers on this planet".

"He is completely different on the pitch but around the pitch he is like that".

Klopp is yet to win any silverware at Liverpool despite reaching the finals of the 2016 League Cup and Europa League and last season's Champions League, believes Liverpool need some good fortune.

Regardless of his downplaying with the media, fans are hopeful that the German manager will bring home the club's first league title since 1990 this season. It's Hendo though, you always think about him.

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