Improved Liverpool need to be more clinical for title tilt, says Klopp

Arnold Nichols
August 11, 2018

As part of that deal, they recruited another midfielder in Kovacic on loan to accompany Sarri's 1st signing of Jorginho who had been linked with strengthening the title winners Manchester City.

But the German recognises it remains a sizeable task and likened City to Drago, the formidable rival to fictional boxing character Balboa.

"We have to be in a championship mode. The champions are Manchester City", Jurgen Klopp continued.

"But that is impossible for the amount of games, for the injuries that players have". So they are top quality. We can not be. How? It was pretty normal there would be one season when we would spend more money. That must be our attitude.

"We didn't reach anything so far". We only did finals.

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.

"The league is exactly the same".

"In the moment, it's nothing". It's like scientists without checking if it really works. "We have to be like Rocky!"

Most pundits and even some of the club's fans feel that after splurging over £175 million in the summer transfer window, the Merseyside outfit are among the title favourites for the Premier League and even the UEFA Champions League.

Keeping a player who scored 32 times in 36 league appearances last season quiet is an impossible task, with only Sergio Ramos displaying how to reduce the effectiveness of the Egypt worldwide - injuring him early on.

"We have to be more consistent, we know that".

Liverpool certainly aren't a virtual unknown from the slums of Philadelhpia, but maybe Klopp has a point. We know that. We have to be more clinical in the right moments, we have to be more aggressive in the right moments.

We'll find out over the next nine months or so whether Pele is right... We have improved the squad, all of the players are here because I asked for them. If you are to look across the rest of the so-called top 6, Manchester City's main acquisition was the record fee paid for Mahrez from Leicester for a position where City already have a wealth of attacking options on their books. It has nothing to do with City.

"Win all of them and it's good, but it's really hard to do so". You see what happens around and see how Wolverhampton act, how Fulham act, how Everton act, a lot of clubs are all ambitious.

"I don't want to be the underdog".

"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". That's all really hard. It's hard for the other teams as well. "I think it's the year of Liverpool, Alisson and Firmino!" Step by step, we have come closer. "Trent [Alexander-Arnold] has been a bit longer, Hendo's [Jordan Henderson] in and full of power but only three or four days, Dejan will not be available. I want to win, and Rocky won", said Klopp. It's Hendo though, you always think about him. How could we say we have to beat everyone?

"Ragnar, no real chance, he didn't train". Theirs is a season they expect will yield a glory never before seen.

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