Liverpool Star Urges Reds To Show Pre-Season Results Against West Ham

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Good pre-seasons don't create excitement but they can certainly add to the positive vibe already there and wins over admittedly depleted Man City and Man Utd sides, a 5-0 thumping of Napoli and a 3-1 cruise against Torino on Tuesday, have added to the belief that Liverpool mean business. More clinical. More aggressive in the right moments. We have to improve everything. Win all of them and it's good, but it's pretty hard to do so.

In that context, it is understandable that he speaks with such ambition as he considers the possibilities before him at Anfield, following his £13.5m transfer from Stoke City last month, a move which ended with him not exactly a popular figure at the relegated Potteries club.

"We can not ignore that when trying to redefine Klopp as some kind of chequebook manager, or Liverpool's American owners as Roman Abramovich-style benefactors".

"We want to compete with the biggest teams like Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona".

"I think we now have the quality". You dive in the water and now let's go for it until we don't have enough air.

Of course, Pele could have easily said that he was backing Manchester City with their Brazilian quartet of Gabriel Jesus, Fernandinho, Ederson and Danilo. The last few years, I have sat here and had to defend our transfer behaviour, that we sold more than we brought in, but that all made sense.

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In the Sylvester Stallone film the eponymous hero wins a 15th-round knockout against remorseless 100-win heavyweight Ivan Drago, who had previously killed Apollo Creed in a fight in which Balboa was in his fellow American's corner.

"We have to be in a championship mode".

"Whether they have the capacity to catch a formidable City or not - and no matter how much opposition managers speak about Klopp having to start delivering a major trophy - it is better to be part of the conversation than on the outside listening in".

Asked what Liverpool must do to catch City, Klopp replied with a smile: "More luck". We went to finals.

"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".

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