Jurgen Klopp says he has high expectations for Liverpool's ability to challenge for the Premier League title after spending the most of any of his rivals in the close season. It's about what we make of it, how often we deliver, how often we bring ourselves in a mood to fight against all these Premier League teams who want to have our points'.
"We are still Rocky Balboa, not Ivan Drago", said Klopp.
"We have to be more consistent to be there and more clinical and aggressive in the right moments".
"I was surprised about the numbers, of course".
"We have to be in the championship mode", he said.
Liverpool brought in four new signings this summer, and many are backing them to challenging for the title.
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Merson believes Klopp's side will be someway short of reigning champions Manchester City - but not for a lack of effort. That's the plan - to really go for it.
"Jurgen Klopp has targeted where he needs to strengthen and I expect Alisson, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri to improve them". "Let's go for it until we have no more air or oxygen, really go for it".
"If you ask me whether it is the best squad I have ever had or whatever I don't think about that because it is not about what we have now".
At a press conference, the Chilean told reporters: "At some moment in the season you have to play Liverpool away, so better to start with them". So they are top quality.
But the German insists they are still underdogs in the battle for the league crown, saying: "We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago". "We are the ones who have to do more, fight more, and that must be our attitude". We didn't reach anything so far.
"We have to try to reach the highest, that is always my expectations. We have to be like Rocky".