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Liverpool have improved but need to be more clinical, Klopp says

11 August 2018, 04:14 | Anna Jefferson

Hammers hero Tony Cottee, scored 115 goals in 279 games in two spells for the club

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We are the ones who have to do more and fight more.

Crucially, it appears that West Ham's business was not brought around by Pellegrini throwing his weight about behind the scenes and throwing a tantrum in an attempt to get funds, like a certain Jose Mourinho, but instead emerged from the board's desire to spend.

Liverpool FC were busy in the summer transfer window as they brought in Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson Becker ahead of the new campaign.

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". That we will deserve it even more than a year ago.

"I would have to chose the starting XI but also they know that if during the whole season if you don't have a strong squad, it is hard to be successful". 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. "We know that. We have to be more clinical and more aggressive in the right moments.", the Liverpool boss said.

"Concerning the gap with Manchester City, but we had three points from them last season and they had three points from us. We have to be like Rocky". We did not reach anything so far. In the league it's exactly the same. Should we go to a final again we should try to win it this time. "I think it's the year of Liverpool, Alisson and Firmino!"

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

Liverpool FC will be aiming to challenge Manchester City's dominance at the top of the Premier League this season after the Citizens ran away with the title last term.

"But for me it is more hard if you don't have players".

Alisson doesn't look too keen to play Sadio Mane's game (Picture: Getty Images)What channel is Liverpool vs West Ham on and is there a live stream?

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.

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