Jurgen Klopp compares Liverpool to Rocky Balboa

Mo Salah after Liverpool goal vs Manchester City

Difficult for all

Jurgen Klopp thinks it will be difficult for any of the Premier League sides to catch Manchester City next season, and that all clubs need to step up their game.

Liverpool are many people’s favourites to contend for the title alongside City, and it seems that Klopp thinks there are key areas in his side that have to step up a level for that to happen.

Sky Sports report he said: “We have to be more consistent, that’s how it is. We know that. We have to be more clinical and more aggressive in the right moments.

“There are a lot of things we can improve offensively and defensively. We need to improve everything.

“You ask me about the gap with City. We had three points from City [when we beat them in January] and they had three points from us [when they beat us in September].

“But it’s not only difficult for us, it’s difficult for the other teams as well.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 01: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool speaks to Zeljko Buvac, Liverpool assistant manager prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on October 1, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Liverpool are Rocky

Klopp also made it clear he thinks Liverpool ate still behind the likes of Manchester City when it comes to the Premier League title, and that City have still kept their top players.

They also signed Riyad Mahrez, and of course showed how good they are in the Community Shield against Chelsea, winning 2-0 against the side who won the FA Cup last season.

He added: “We have to be in a championship mode. It’s like you jump into the water, you dive in and we go for it until we don’t have air or oxygen anymore. That’s the plan to really go for it.”

“A lot of people think because we were active in the transfer window we will [be City’s biggest challengers] but that’s all part of the business. That does not decide anything.

“The champions are Manchester City and they didn’t lose any player and brought in [Riyad] Mahrez so they are not weaker. We saw the [Community Shield] game against Chelsea and both sides were impressive.

“We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago. We are the ones who have to do more and fight more. That must be our attitude.”

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