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Published: 11:43 | 10/8/18

Klopp wants Reds to be like Rocky

Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool remain underdogs for the Premier League title despite their busy transfer window.

Liverpool spent in excess of £170million - more than any of the Premier League rivals - to bring in Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and goalkeeper Alisson and expectations are high that they can challenge Manchester City for the title.

Klopp believes he has a squad capable of launching a title challenge but he insists Liverpool must be like Rocky Balboa if they are to catch Pep Guardiola's side.

"My expectations are always pretty high, so now we must make the best of it [this season]. We want to get the most out of it and try and reach the highest level and all that stuff. That's always my expectation," Klopp told reporters ahead of the Premier League clash against West Ham.

"For us it was pretty normal [the transfer window]. We spent a little bit more than normal but you have to create a squad that is strong enough and wide enough to deal and cope with the Premier League and be as successful as possible. And step by step we are getting closer."

He added: “I know a lot of people think that because we were that active in the transfer window, but that doesn’t decide anything.

“We want to be champions of England or winning the league, that’s clear since ages, but how could we say that? What about the other clubs?

“The champions, Manchester City, didn’t lose any players. They brought in Mahrez so that doesn’t make them weaker.

“We saw the game against Chelsea [in the Community Shield]. That was impressive from both sides.

“Chelsea was in a good shape after a difficult pre-season, I would say, and City as well. They have top quality.

“We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago. We are the ones who have to do more, to fight more, to do all these things. That must be our attitude.”

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