Jurgen Klopp Compares Liverpool to Rocky, Manchester City to Ivan Drago

Tanya Simon
August 11, 2018

We have to improve everything. We went to finals.

Pellegrini, who makes his league bow as Hammers boss at Liverpool tomorrow, said: "Maybe it is one of the most hard things for a manager, because all of them want to play and with better players, more problem". I don't think about that because it's not what we have now, 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 all want to have our points. We want to be champions of England, but what about [Manchester] United and the other clubs?

Manchester United were the luckiest team in the league in 2017-18, and should have finished fourth instead of runners-up to Manchester City.

We know what Pele thinks and when Jurgen Klopp was asked about his side's chances of glory this season, he knows exactly what Liverpool need to work on. The champions are Manchester City.

"The champions, Man City, didn't lose any players and brought in [Riyad] Mahrez".

In Klopp's favourite instalment of the film series, Rocky was the underdog again when he faced the might of Soviet superpower Ivan Drago. We did not reach anything so far.

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"The plan is that we really go for it", the manager said on Friday, according to the club's official website. We were in finals. Yes, we should try to win it this time. Step by step, we have come closer. "We have to be like Rocky".

West Ham's near-£100m summer spree on nine new faces has left Pellegrini with a first team squad of 28 players and a major headache to pick his starting 11 every week.

Liverpool will be without Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan for Sunday's opener, while checks will be made on the fitness Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

Chelsea's delay in appointing Maurizio Sarri as their new coach in place of Antonio Conte until a few days into their pre-season preparations and speculation regarding the long-term future of Courtois that saw them yesterday spend a world record on a goalkeeper in the shape of Kepa from Bilbao as Real Madrid finally secured the Belgian keeper, formerly of their city rivals Atletico.

"We have a few, not with big issues but with little things", he said.

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