Jurgen Klopp: 'Alisson Becker has settled quickly'

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"We want to be, it has been clear for ages, champion of England and winning the league but how can we say that?"

"Jurgen Klopp has targeted where he needs to strengthen and I expect Alisson, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri to improve them".

That is the verdict of Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, who expects the Reds to benefit from those acquisitions when they kick off their season against West Ham.

"We have to be more consistent", Klopp said. "We have to be more clinical in the right moments".

"The plan is that we really go for it", Klopp said. We can improve everything.

"But for me it is more hard if you don't have players". We had three points from City and they had three points from us.

But the German on Friday insisted they were still underdogs in the battle for the league crown, saying: "We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago". I thought about it for the preseason, but now we have to be in this championship mood. We jump into the water and we dive until we don't have oxygen anymore. For me as a manager it is more easy to have more good players, and some of them must wait, but to have that option to change. That does not decide anything.

"But that is impossible for the amount of games, for the injuries that players have".

"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". We need to want more and fight more.

"Pep Guardiola did all his business early when he came in a year ago like Jurgen Klopp has done this window".

Manchester United may not have got as many signings as they wanted but will still be going for the title, while Chelsea and Arsenal will hope to be revitalised under the guidance of new managers Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery respectively.

"He is completely different on the pitch but around the pitch he is like that". It could be Arnautovic, Yarmolenko, Anderson Wilshere, Noble, [all lining up] Cresswell back - that is a good football team.

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

"It's the first game of the season so no analysis really exists". It's Hendo though, you always think about him. I didn't understand how they did it, to be honest, but it looked quite complicated.

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