Liverpool have defensive worries ahead of West Ham tie

Klopp accepts that the pressure is on at Anfield

Klopp accepts that the pressure is on at Anfield

'I think for us it was pretty normal there would be one point where we spend more money.

But Klopp has admitted more of the same could unfold over the next month.

"We are still Rocky Balboa, not Ivan Drago". In the last few years I sat here and had to defend our transfer behaviour: that we sold more than we brought in.

"We have to be more consistent, we know that".

"We need more luck", he said. 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.

Many pundits see the Reds as the team most likely to challenge champions Manchester City for the Premier League title, and Klopp said: "My own expectations are always high". That is likely to play a big part in the early weeks of the season, as players fitness issues provoke tough decisions from managers on who starts, who rests, at least until the worldwide break in September.

Liverpool reached the final of the Champions League last season, knocking out City on the way, but they were 25 points off the record-breaking pace set by Pep Guardiola's side domestically. You have to create a squad which is strong enough and wide enough to cope with the Premier League.

"Again, you all ask me about the gap with City, it's nothing to do with City". It is really hard, but it's not only hard for us. But what about the other clubs? "Football is so hard, we try to play in a better way and get near the top of the table as we can".

"The league is exactly the same".

Alisson doesn't look too keen to play Sadio Mane's game (Picture: Getty Images)What channel is Liverpool vs West Ham on and is there a live stream? We got the Champions League and that was a success, but we can only improve two more places without being champions.

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