Improved Liverpool need to be more clinical for title tilt, says Klopp

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Klopp accepts that the pressure is on at Anfield

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool will have to work hard this season to deserve any breaks after being "surprised" by the result of ESPN's Luck Index investigation that found Liverpool to be the unluckiest Premier League side last term. There would always be a point where we spent a bit more money.

That deal broke the pound sterling record for a goalkeeper set by Manchester City in 2017, when they recruited Ederson Moraes from Benfica for £35 million.

"You ask me about the gap with City. The Reds look to have improved in a number of key areas this season and the signing of Brazilian keeper Alisson could be the last piece in the jigsaw".

Liverpool face West Ham on Sunday at Anfield and might be without Fabinho who felt ill and was sent home. We are the ones that have to do more, to fight more, to do all these things.

"In the moment someone thinks we reached already a point then that is when you start disappointing yourself and the people around you".

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

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But the German insists they are still underdogs in the battle for the league crown, saying: "We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago". I know that they have very good moment with a lot of trust in what they are doing, getting to the Champions League final last season. We need to improve everything.

Alisson, Keita and Fabinho are expected to go straight into Liverpool's first-team, while Shaqiri offers an experienced alternative to the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in attack. "We have to be like Rocky".

Manchester United were the luckiest team in the league in 2017-18, and should have finished fourth instead of runners-up to Manchester City.

"It is hard for us and the other teams too".

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

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