Improved Liverpool need to be more clinical for title tilt, says Klopp

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As the window closed at 5 PM on Thursday 9th August, nearly 3 weeks earlier than in most years, there was a sense of calm, in an office at Melwood, where unlike some of the other managers in the league, Jurgen Klopp could enjoy a relaxing day with an afternoon training session and no smacks of desperation like a certain moaning manager at the opposite end of the East Lancs.

Klopp, whose longtime number two Zeljko Buvac left abruptly towards the end of last term, fell back one of his favourite analogies saying Liverpool were Sylvester Stallone's fictional boxer Rocky Balboa rather than his Soviet opponent Ivan Drago.

"We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago, we are the ones who have to do more and fight more, that must be our attitude".

'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'.

"How could we say we have to be champions of the league, what about United or the other clubs?"

Ahead of Sunday's Premier League opener against West Ham, Klopp says they'll be going for the title this season.

"We miss him [Danny] already, but things have to go on".

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"We can not go there and win just because we are Liverpool".

Alisson featured twice in pre-season for Liverpool, against Napoli and Torino.

The Reds begin the new campaign by hosting West Ham at Anfield on Sunday and will be searching for three points to make a winning start.

"We will try to reach the highest place".

"A lot of people think because of the transfer window we will (challenge more) - but that's not how it is". But that all made sense - 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.

"The league is exactly the same".

"The champions, Man City, didn't lose any players and brought in [Riyad] Mahrez".