Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Liverpool gear up for Premier League opener against West Ham

Liverpool gear up for Premier League opener against West Ham

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.

Asked what Liverpool must do to catch City, Klopp replied with a smile: "More luck". The champions are Manchester City; they didn't lose any player and they brought in Mahrez, so that doesn't make them weaker.

Klopp is yet to win any silverware at Liverpool despite reaching the finals of the 2016 League Cup and Europa League and last season's Champions League, believes Liverpool need some good fortune.

The Hammers endured a hard campaign last season, ending up in 13th position in the Premier League table, but many are predicting that they will be challenging for the European spots this term, with the arrival of nine new faces. "We had to create a squad which is strong enough and wide enough to cope with the Premier League".

"We are still Rocky Balboa, not Ivan Drago". What about United? What about the other clubs? "Let's go for it until we have no more air or oxygen, really go for it".

"We have to be more consistent, we know that". We did not reach anything so far.

"We can improve everything: we can improve our offensive game, we can improve our defensive game".

'My own expectations are always pretty high, we'll have to make the most of it (the pressure after spending a lot).

"Liverpool will give the title a go, they're the second best now, I think they've bought very well, very well", Merson told Sky Sports.

"It is hard to win every game, if we see how Wolves, Fulham or Everton act, they are all ambitious". 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.

"In the league it's exactly the same".

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