Klopp has great expectations Liverpool will deliver

Grant SmithAug 11, 2018

The Reds have brought in the likes of Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Naby Keita and are now expected to mount a strong challenge for the Premier League title.

However he expects to be without a number of players when his team host Manuel Pellegrini's Hammers due to a series of what Klopp described as "little niggles", or minor injuries.

The Chilean boss spoke to the press on Friday ahead of the game, where we picked up on three key things. "We have to consider whether it's a risk or not and if it's a risk, whether we take it or not". If you are to look across the rest of the so-called top 6, Manchester City's main acquisition was the record fee paid for Mahrez from Leicester for a position where City already have a wealth of attacking options on their books.

"Ragnar (Klavan) no real chance, Joel (Matip) did parts of training like Joe (Gomez) did, we will see how they are today".

Jurgen Klopp's defeated Champions League finalists are widely backed as contenders to dethrone Manchester City from the summit of the Premier League this season and Pellegrini will be aware of the major task in front of his side.

"We want to - that's clear for ages - be the champion of England or winning the league". Somebody told me [Liverpool were] the unluckiest team. Theirs is a season they expect will yield a glory never before seen.

He said: "I never knew a manager that didn't have pressure, no matter how much he spends".

Of course, Pele could have easily said that he was backing Manchester City with their Brazilian quartet of Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho, Ederson and Danilo.

"I know a lot of people think about the transfer window, but that doesn't decide anything". It's not true. City were a fantastic team a year ago and they brought in Mahrez. They are top quality.

"We are still Rocky Balboa, not Ivan Drago". We were in finals.

"Could we go to a final again?" We were in finals, yes, but if we got to the final we should win it this time.

The 29-year-old scored eight LaLiga goals and contributed a further six assists as his boyhood club suffered relegation to the second division, a significant improvement on the one goal he has to his name in the Premier League. In the league it's exactly the same. We didn't talk about that.

"In the moment it's nothing, it's like scientists-[in theory] it really works".

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