Liverpool have improved but need to be more clinical, Klopp says

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"Win all of them and it's good, but it's really hard to do so".

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".

On the eve of the 2018/19 Premier League season, Jurgen Klopp has brushed aside any suggestions of his Liverpool side being termed title favourites, with a hilarious reference to the Rocky movie franchise. They didn't lose any player and they brought in (Riyad) Mahrez, so that doesn't make them weaker.

And with a series of key summer acquisitions, the Reds are seen as the most likely side to dethrone Manchester City.

Liverpool have not won the League title since 1990.

"We do not have to play much better in the games against City - if we perform like we did past year, that would already be good". Do we go to finals again? We have to be more clinical in the right moments, more aggressive in the right moments. "That depends only on how we play, perform and fight, not on what I say now". He knows how football goes, so he's a really good tactician and coach.

Trent Alexander-Arnold returned sooner than expected from his extended holiday after the 2018 FIFA World Cup and should start ahead of Nathaniel Clyne at right-back.

One of the Premier League's all-time greats, Matt Le Tissier, has been discussing who he thinks did the best piece of business during the summer transfer window.

The Brazilian could make his debut in midfield alongside fellow new recruit Keita while Alisson should start in goal but Ragnar Klavan, Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren are set to miss out through injury.

"The scan was clear, I heard you all know he had a scan so maybe at one point we can change that as well", Klopp said. We have taken players in with the quality to help the team. You need to have the right personality for that very hard job.

"Dejan will not be available for the weekend, that's how it is", said Klopp.

"Many people will say that these things happen, but if that is the message we are sending to our children, that nothing is out of bounds and it's all about winning, then I will be glad to leave this planet in 40 years". Ragnar, no real chance, he didn't train.

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