Klopp: We are the Rocky to City's Drago

Klopp: We are the Rocky to City's Drago

Ross Houston
August 10, 2018

The Reds boss chose to reference the plot of Rocky IV in his response to how his side would go about bridging last season's 25-point deficit to Pep Guardiola's side.

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 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.

"I'm sure we'll still have a pretty fantastic football team on the pitch, but I'll have to make a few decisions".

"Why should we do that?"

"We will try to reach the highest place". We went to finals.

Klopp is yet to win any silverware at Liverpool despite reaching the finals of the 2016 League Cup and Europa League and last season's Champions League, believes Liverpool need some good fortune. "We have to be like Rocky".

They open their 2018/19 Premier League campaign with a home clash against West Ham United on Sunday (1800 GMT).

"Somebody told me we were the unluckiest team".

All eyes will be on new boys Alisson, Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keïta while Fabinho is one that fans have anxious about as far as his fitness is concerned after he was pictured driving out of Melwood with a club doctor. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is only the latest sports figure to reference the classic tale from 1987 of the American Rocky Balboa (portrayed by Sylvester Stallone) upsetting the heavily favored Soviet Ivan Drago (played by Dolph Lundgren) in Moscow on Christmas Eve. "That's all part of the business, but it doesn't decide anything", Klopp said about his club's blockbuster summer transfer window, which has drawn widespread praise. "But it is clear things will happen", he said. Step by step, we have come closer.

"We have to be in a championship mode. But what about the other clubs?", Klopp opined at his pre-match press conference on Friday. The champions are Manchester City; they didn't lose any player and they brought in Mahrez, so that doesn't make them weaker.

"More clinical in the right moments, more aggressive in the right moments".

He stated: "My expectations are always high".

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