Liverpool have defensive worries ahead of West Ham tie

West Ham news Tony Cottee

I don't think about that because it's not what we have now, it's about what we make of it, how often we deliver, how often we bring ourselves in a mood to fight against all these Premier League teams who all want to have our points.

On the eve of the 2018/19 Premier League season, Jurgen Klopp has brushed aside any suggestions of his Liverpool side being termed title favourites, with a hilarious reference to the Rocky movie franchise.

"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.

And Rocky IV was more than just an '80s action film, it was a surface level, simplified attempt to explain the Cold War.

"Win the Premier League?" It's about losing them in other games.

"But you all ask me about the gap to City and what we have to do". Who do you think will win?

However, Pellegrini is wary of the threats that Liverpool have across their ranks and will not have a special plan in effect to keep Salah under the radar. Do we go to finals again? They have Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Xherdan Shaqiri.

"We have to be in a championship mode".

"It is pretty normal that some point we would spent more money than other years".

Klopp expects a tough test from a new-look West Ham this weekend and insists Liverpool will not take the challenge posed by Pellegrini's men lightly.

He said: "I never knew a manager that didn't have pressure, no matter how much he spends".

"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. The board have worked very well and we have a competitive squad". It's about making the right decisions in the right moment.

"We have to be more consistent to be there and more clinical and aggressive in the right moments".

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