Jürgen Klopp: Liverpool can not be anything but the challenger


Another of Liverpool's summer signings, Xherdan Shaqiri, is likely to start on the bench, with the Liverpool boss unlikely to tinker with the attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, who slayed defences for fun last season. How can we be something different?

"It's quite hard to strengthen this squad, because this squad is good".

What's more, he's scored on the opening day in each of the last two seasons so loves to hit the ground running.

The optimism for the new season was not manufactured, forced or far-fetched. He admitted: "It was a tough before the game, during the game and after the game!" Meanwhile, their domestic cup performances were well below par and they must improve this season. It has to be our goal to try to be the best in the league.

LFC fans can not wait to get this campaign underway. We conceded the last goal in the last second of the period so you arrive to the dressing room with another task if you lose just 1-0. That is why so many are talking about them. For a few weeks, it was the world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper.

Prediction: 2nd place finish after a tough battle for the title between multiple teams.

"Every time that you bring so many players it is hard".

Klopp's strength in depth has been greatly elevated, even without having a full roster to select from yet.

That would mean that Klopp will be smiling more than Mourinho by next May, with the latter departing Old Trafford after another season of only moderate success. That's what we expect from ourselves and then we will see where it leads because West Ham will play, for sure, a good season.

He wanted his players to see themselves through his eyes, to amplify his voice rather than the social media criticism, and to shatter any shackles or ceilings they had placed on themselves. "They are the best teams in the world and Liverpool is also one of them".

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With Jose Mourinho in siege mode at Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea both wrestling transition, and Tottenham failing to invest in their squad for a first time since the transfer window came into effect in 2003, this season is firmly Liverpool's for the taking.

"I think that Liverpool deserved to win".

Just like the FA Cup, this is another domestic cup that Klopp has really struggled with.

"It has to be our ambition to compete with the best and to go on the field against whoever we play trying to win the game and dominate the game".

Like numerous big teams in England, Liverpool will be expected to field a heavily changed team in this competition.

And while Klopp would like that fortune to change, he knows there are other factors which are more important.

"Our aim is to win as many titles as possible".

Mark Hughes's side looked the more likely to score after the break but England global Hart, who joined Burnley last week from Manchester City, produced some fine saves.

West Ham manager Manuel Pellergini responded by introducing former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez after the hour mark.