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Improved Liverpool need to be more clinical for title tilt, says Klopp

11 August 2018
Improved Liverpool need to be more clinical for title tilt, says Klopp

The Reds boss chose to reference the plot of Rocky IV in his response to how his side would go about bridging last season's 25-point deficit to Pep Guardiola's side. We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago.

"We are still Rocky Balboa, not Ivan Drago", said Klopp. It's about what we make of it, how often we deliver, how often we bring ourselves in a mood to fight against all these Premier League teams who want to have our points'. Danny Ings was linked with a move to Southampton, Cardiff City or Crystal Palace on deadline day but as the day wore on, it seemed likely that the man who returned to pre-season action on Tuesday night would remain at Liverpool although the current rumours suggest that Southampton are trying to get the paperwork finalised by 7 PM tonight which will see him leave on a loan basis as he tries to finally put his prolonged injury spells behind him.

"Why should we do that?" That's the plan - to really go for it.

Paul Merson believes Liverpool FC need to sign another centre-half to finally win their first Premier League title. "We have to be like Rocky".

Manuel Pellegrini is back in the Premier League with West Ham (Picture: Getty Images)What are the odds?

Rumours before the World Cup that Xherdan Shaqiri would sign were confirmed in mid-July just days before the arrival of Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker.

Liverpool have strengthened heavily with the likes of Keita.

Klopp admits there could be further departures from Anfield, with the transfer window still open in Spain, France and Germany.

It was pretty normal there would be one season when we would spend more money. The last few years, I have sat here and had to defend our transfer behaviour, that we sold more than we brought in, but that all made sense. Step by step, we have come closer. What about United? What about the other clubs?

This has raised expectations for a title challenge in 2018/19, but after City's record-breaking 100-point tally last season the obstacles are vast.

"We have to be more consistent, we know that". It's about making the right decisions in the right moment.

"We did not reach anything yet, we have been in finals and if we get there again we should try to win it".

People ask me already if it's the best squad I've ever had.