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Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp

In this feature, we take a look at what Jurgen Klopp could go with for the opening fixture against West Ham United.

Jurgen Klopp questioned why Liverpool are seen by many as Manchester City's only challengers for the Premier League title this season, and says only in England can you seemingly "win the title in the transfer market".

The mesh of explosiveness and steel was one of the most encouraging elements from Klopp's side, which they will have to continuously implement - especially in more challenging fixtures. To be a Liverpool player you need special qualities as a person, as well as the ability - they have this! Now it is important to be very good again and to achieve that last thing.

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Klopp, whose longtime number two Zeljko Buvac left abruptly towards the end of last term, fell back one of his favourite analogies saying Liverpool were Sylvester Stallone's fictional boxer Rocky Balboa rather than his Soviet opponent Ivan Drago.

"We are still Rocky Balboa, not Ivan Drago", said Klopp.

"In the moment someone thinks we reached already a point then that is when you start disappointing yourself and the people around you".

Sturridge, who spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom, is enjoying a renewed sense of objective on his return to Anfield.

"New players have integrated well, the young players have stepped up, and the existing players have shown they are focused on making sure the next step is a forward stride". So to sign someone of Alisson's calibre will definitely turn out to be a major coup in my opinion, regardless of the price tag, and it could be the difference between you winning a trophy and not winning one this season.

Marko Arnautovic has been banging them in during pre-season and caused Liverpool problems at Anfield previous year, striking the woodwork with the score still 0-0.

"Somebody told me we were the unluckiest team". Always you see things in pre-season [against] different opponents and in different moments, but now the Premier League is a proper fight and immediately today that's the biggest change and then you hope as a manager that your team is ready for that, because you can not test it before you have the test. We can not be anything different than the challenge because we didn't win anything for a long time. For us it was not ideal, but really good. "We are the ones who have to do more and fight more - that must be our attitude". We knew it was going to be hard.

Former City and Real Madrid boss Manuel Pellegrini is used to competing at the top of the table. Pellegrini has signed some decent players this summer and they have a competitive team but I don't think they'll be a match for Liverpool. They deserved to win. After that, a clear goal offside decided the game with the third goal.

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