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Klopp accepts that the pressure is on at Anfield

Klopp: We are the Rocky to City's Drago

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. In the last few years I sat here and had to defend our transfer behaviour: that we sold more than we brought in.

"We are the ones who have to do more and fight more - that must be our attitude". We have to improve everything. That is likely to play a big part in the early weeks of the season, as players fitness issues provoke tough decisions from managers on who starts, who rests, at least until the worldwide break in September. But that all made sense - we had to create a squad which is strong enough and wide enough to cope with the Premier League and to be as successful as possible.

"We can not go there and win just because we are Liverpool".

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When I talked with the owners, we agreed we needed to work on a project.

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"We can improve our offensive and defensive play but it is nothing to do with City", he said.

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"But you all ask me about the gap to City and what we have to do".

"It is hard for us and the other teams too". We didn't reach anything so far. But what about the other clubs?

"In the league it's exactly the same". They didn't lose any players and they brought in [Riyad] Mahrez.

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Jerome Boateng was another option but Bayern Munich have not been keen to sanction a loan move. City won the league by 19 points, finishing with record goals and wins in the process.

"We want to be, it has been clear for ages, champion of England and winning the league but how can we say that?"

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