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

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"The window is only one way closed so we cannot buy any more but we can sell - not in Premier League - but it is clear things will happen", he said. We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago.

While City have not spent as much as Liverpool in this window, they have been among the biggest spenders in the English top-flight for a few years now and a majority of their squad looks likely to remain the same in the years to come. "Football is so hard, we try to play in a better way and get near the top of the table as we can".

The Reds have been installed as second favourites behind champions Man City following a summer spending spree that saw the club bring in goalkeeper Alisson, midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho and attacker Xherdan Shaqiri.

"I know a lot of people think that because we were active in the transfer window but that is part of the business, it doesn't decide anything", added the German ahead of Sunday's opener at home to West Ham.

Klopp used a typically colourful analogy as he discussed the upcoming season ahead of Liverpool's opening game against West Ham, which takes place on Sunday, likening is team to the underdog boxer played by Sylvester Stallone in this year's battle for the title. How could we say we have to beat everyone? More clinical. More aggressive in the right moments.

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When I talked with the owners, we agreed we needed to work on a project.

This has raised expectations for a title challenge in 2018/19, but after City's record-breaking 100-point tally last season the obstacles are vast.

"We did not reach anything yet, we have been in finals and if we get there again we should try to win it". We can improve everything.

"If you ask me whether it is the best squad I have ever had or whatever I don't think about that because it is not about what we have now it is about what we make of it, how often we deliver, how often we bring ourselves in a mood to fight with these Premier League teams who want to have our points".

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