Jurgen Klopp sends message to Liverpool FC fans about title challenge

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"We know that. More clinical". It's about making the right decisions in the right moment. We have improved the squad, all of the players are here because I asked for them.

Klopp says Liverpool are "like Rocky Balboa not Ivan Drago" - a reference to the Hollywood movie where the unfancied boxer must overcome a formidable rival.

And Klopp has turned to boxing blockbuster Rocky IV to explain how Liverpool can close in on City after finishing 25 points behind them last season.

"If you see how Wolves act, Fulham act, Everton act, a lot of clubs are all ambitious". We can't go there and because we are Liverpool we win the game. Italy have imposed a deadline of next Friday (17th) but other major leagues including La Liga will have until 31st August to conclude their business which means that star players of Premier League teams could yet depart for pastures new but without their sides being able to replace them.

"I don't think too much about what we have to do". You dive in the water and now let's go for it until we don't have enough air. We went to finals.

"I would have to chose the starting XI but also they know that if during the whole season if you don't have a strong squad, it is hard to be successful".

"We have to be in a championship mode". They didn't lose any players and they brought in [Riyad] Mahrez. The Reds played nine games across four countries, recording seven wins and scoring 27 goals, all while putting in impressive displays of quality on the pitch and character off it.

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"We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago, we have to fight more and do more things". It was pretty normal there would be one season when we would spend more money. Why should we do that?

"We didn't reach anything so far". Now we have the best tools of all? Then we can talk but at the moment it is nothing.

"In the moment it's nothing, it's like scientists-[in theory] it really works. We have to be like Rocky!"

"We will see. They're all in a different shape", he said.

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.

"That's how it is". Somebody told me [Liverpool were] the unluckiest team.