Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp still expects players to leave

City fans expect perfect Pep prep but Reds will rival reigning champions Klopp accepts that the pressure is on at Anfield
Cary Erickson | 10 August, 2018, 19:42

"We had to create a squad which is strong enough and wide enough to cope with the Premier League and to be as successful as possible".

It was a reference to suggestions that having lavished £168m, Liverpool could no longer be considered plucky, Rocky-esque underdogs - a position Klopp enjoys. It's about losing them in other games.

But was Klopp right?

"We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago, we have to fight more and do more things". Have your say below!

The Kop boss also noted that City haven't lost any players from last season's dominant side and insists they shouldn't underestimate other Premier League sides who intend to impress. We know that. We have to be more clinical in the right moments, we have to be more aggressive in the right moments.

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

Liverpool's Loris Karius thanks fans for warm reception in friendly
Ings is likely to join a number of names leaving Merseyside today, including Simon Mignolet , Lazar Markovic, Divock Origi and Pedro Chirivella - a clear out this Liverpool side has been crying out for.

'We have to be in a championship mode.

"The champions are Manchester City, they did not lose any players and brought in Riyad Mahrez, that does not make them weaker, we saw the Chelsea game and saw and they were impressive", he said.

As endorsements go, getting one from arguably the greatest footballer of all time isn't a bad one and that's exactly what Liverpool have got as they look forward to the start of the new Premier League season. We can improve our offensive play, we can improve our defensive play. We are the ones who have to do more, to fight more, to do all these things.

"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".

"It is hard to win every game, if we see how Wolves, Fulham or Everton act, they are all ambitious". Trent is a bit longer in, which is good, Hendo in and full of power but not too long in - now three or four days, but it's Hendo so you always think about him.

"Step by step, we have come closer".