Pele backs Liverpool to win the Premier League title

  • Pele backs Liverpool to win the Premier League title

Pele backs Liverpool to win the Premier League title

We want to be champions of England, but what about [Manchester] United and the other clubs?

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp at Ewood Park, Blackburn, Britain.

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.

Summer signing Fabinho picked up a minor injury in Liverpool's 3-1 friendly win over Torino on Tuesday night and Klopp admitted he is not sure if the Brazilian midfielder will be available for the Renault Super Sunday clash with West Ham this weekend.

"It's pretty normal that there would be one point where we spent a bit more money". 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 have to be in a championship mode. More aggressive in the right moments.

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 didn't lose any player and they brought in Mahrez, so that doesn't make them weaker. Are Liverpool more Rocky than Drago? We can't go there and only win because we are Liverpool. In the league it's exactly the same. They can still win trophies when you think they've got problems. We are the ones who have to do more, to fight more, to do all these things. "I have not seen him [again] so far so we will see about his availability".

"We have to be more consistent, we know that".

Many pundits see the Reds as the team most likely to challenge champions Manchester City for the Premier League title, and Klopp said: "My own expectations are always high".

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

"If you see how Wolves act, Fulham act, Everton act, a lot of clubs are all ambitious".