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Klopp: We are the Rocky to City's Drago

11 August 2018

Paul Merson is backing Liverpool FC to get their Premier League campaign off to a winning start by beating West Ham United 2-0 at Anfield on Sunday.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reveals that Alisson Becker has settled in quickly at the club ahead of his expected competitive debut against West Ham United. We are the ones that have to do more, to fight more, to do all these things. The champions are Manchester City.

"You ask me about the gap with City". We were in finals. "We have to be like Rocky".

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".

"There are not only the big six or whatever, if you see what happens around - you see how Wolverhampton acts, how Fulham acts, how Everton acts". We can't go there and only win because we are Liverpool. It is really hard, but it's not only hard for us.

"When I spoke with the owner, we agreed what the project would be for West Ham in the future. That's the plan - that we really go for it".

"Step by step, we come closer".

Timothy Fosu-Mensah, International Champions Cup, Jose Mourinho
Former Everton and England manager Sam Allardyce believes Manchester United will not crumble in Jose Mourinho's third season in charge.

Speaking at his press conference, the manager confirmed that Dejan Lovren will not feature due to his late return after he helped Croatia reach the World Cup final, whilst Ragnar Klavan has also been ruled out with injury.

As the window closed at 5 PM on Thursday 9th August, nearly 3 weeks earlier than in most years, there was a sense of calm, in an office at Melwood, where unlike some of the other managers in the league, Jurgen Klopp could enjoy a relaxing day with an afternoon training session and no smacks of desperation like a certain moaning manager at the opposite end of the East Lancs. "I don't know exactly how - fancy dress for the players or whatever!"

"[They] are all in a different shape".

"Dejan is unavailable for the weekend".

However, Klopp disagrees with that view as he pointed out that Manchester City, the defending champions, have strengthened significantly as well.

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

"Trent has had longer, which is good", he said.

Klopp: We are the Rocky to City's Drago