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

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

Jurgen Klopp understands why expectations are high at Liverpool after the club added some impressive players in the summer transfer window.

We will only know who's made the better deal once we are well into the 2018/19 Premier League season, but if there's one thing fans can agree on, it's that both have a lot to do to prove that they're worth the substantial fees that have been paid for them.

They did finish a distant 25 points adrift of Pep Guardiola's magnificent City side, however, and Klopp's men will have to make drastic improvements this season, if they are to have any chance of toppling the Citizens.

Summer signing Fabinho picked up a minor injury in Liverpool's 3-1 friendly win over Torino on Tuesday night and Klopp admitted he is not sure if the Brazilian midfielder will be available for the Renault Super Sunday clash with West Ham this weekend. That we will deserve it even more than a year ago.

'We have to be in a championship mode.

"In the moment someone thinks we reached already a point then that is when you start disappointing yourself and the people around you".

Apart from the aforementioned players, the only other confirmed absentee is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

"We can not go there and win just because we are Liverpool".

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"We need more luck", he said.

"It is hard for us and the other teams too".

"We will see about the England boys and Dejan".

"We can improve our offensive and defensive play but it is nothing to do with City", he said.

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 should try to win it this time.

"The league is exactly the same".

While the book makers still have City as extremely heavy favorites to repeat as league title champions, Liverpool have the second most favorable championship odds, and by a pretty wide margin.

"We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago, we are the ones who have to do more and fight more, that must be our attitude".

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