Jurgen Klopp sends message to Liverpool FC fans about title challenge

LIVERPOOL ENGLAND- AUGUST 07 Fans cheer Loris Karius of Liverpool as he replaces Alisson Becker during the pre-season friendly match between Liverpool and Torino at Anfield
Karius came on for Alisson in the second half

11 August, 2018

Liverpool's close-season outlay was greater than any of their Premier League rivals, adding Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri to a team that reached the Champions League final last term.

Liverpool fans will be eager to see their new signings in action against the Hammers, after a highly successful summer transfer window for manager Jürgen Klopp.

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"Tottenham is a fantastic team ahead of us, didn't bring in anybody but they are still a fantastic team who will develop. I think it's the year of Liverpool, Alisson and Firmino!" We want to be champions of England, but what about [Manchester] United and the other clubs?

As the window closed at 5 PM on Thursday 9th August, nearly 3 weeks earlier than in most years, there was a sense of calm, in an office at Melwood, where unlike some of the other managers in the league, Jurgen Klopp could enjoy a relaxing day with an afternoon training session and no smacks of desperation like a certain moaning manager at the opposite end of the East Lancs.

However, Klopp disagrees with that view as he pointed out that Manchester City, the defending champions, have strengthened significantly as well. People ask me already if it's the best squad I've ever had. They didn't lose any players and they brought in [Riyad] Mahrez. So they are top quality.

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"We are still Rocky Balboa, not Ivan Drago", said Klopp. We did not reach anything so far.

"The league is exactly the same". Yes, we should try to win it this time.

"We don't have any special plans just for him because it would be easier if Liverpool were just Mo Salah, but they aren't".

"It is like scientists without trying to see if it really works".

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

While City have not spent as much as Liverpool in this window, they have been among the biggest spenders in the English top-flight for a few years now and a majority of their squad looks likely to remain the same in the years to come.

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