Klopp: We are the Rocky to City's Drago

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Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool are still the Rocky Balbao to Man City's Ivan Drago, despite spending more than any other Premier League side this summer.

If Matip and Gomez are unavailable, Nathaniel Phillips, who has performed well in pre-season, will likely partner Van Dijk.

Klopp used an analogy from the film 'Rocky IV, ' where heavyweight boxer Balboa takes down the favourite Drago, to describe Liverpool's task ahead in the upcoming campaign.

"The champions are Manchester City, they did not lose any players and brought in Riyad Mahrez, that does not make them weaker, we saw the Chelsea game and saw and they were impressive", he said.

"We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago".

'You ask me about the gap with City.

The two sides first meet at Anfield on October 7 before the return is scheduled for New Year's Day with many fans expecting both to be thrashing it out for the title this season.

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"[Expect too much and] you can only disappoint yourself and the people around us". We did not reach anything so far.

"We can not go there and win just because we are Liverpool". At the end, I'm pretty sure we have a fantastic football team on the pitch and hopefully I have to make a few decisions.

"Maybe there was some interest or a conversation but it's not a case of Monaco not letting me go to Manchester United or denying me the move, nothing ever really materialised".

The Reds have drastically strengthened this summer with the additions of Alisson, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita but Klopp claims they still need to work on their consistency as well as aggression and might even need more luck to launch a serious title bid. We were in finals.

"Could we go to a final again?" We were in finals, yes, but if we got to the final we should win it this time.

"The league is exactly the same". Now, it's all nothing.

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