Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Kiss of death? Pele tips Liverpool for Premier League title

Kiss of death? Pele tips Liverpool for Premier League title

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. "We have to be like Rocky".

"We have a few, not with big issues but with little things", he said.

"I think it's the year of Liverpool, Alisson and Firmino!"

"Why should we do that? Football is so hard, we try to play in a better way and get near the top of the table as we can". That's the plan - to really go for it.

"We can not go there and win just because we are Liverpool. We have to be like Rocky".

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.

While the book makers still have City as extremely heavy favorites to repeat as league title champions, Liverpool have the second most favorable championship odds, and by a pretty wide margin. I thought about it for the pre-season, but now we have to be in this championship moment. They wanted to invest money, as have most clubs in the Premier League, and I think we have improved the squad.

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool will fight hard this season but insists his side are like "Rocky Balboa" and remain underdogs in the title race.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reveals that Alisson Becker has settled in quickly at the club ahead of his expected competitive debut against West Ham United.

However, they will have to be at their very best to finish above Manchester City, who won the title in such scintillating style last season.

"We have to be more consistent", Klopp said. We have to improve everything.

The Reds are preparing for their first game of the new season as they look to try and establish themselves as one of the main contenders for the Premier League title this season. 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.

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