Liverpool vs West Ham, Premier League 2018-19

Liverpool are Man City’s bogey team says Kyle Walker

"We want to be, it's clear for ages, champions of England. But what about the other clubs?", Klopp opined at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

West Ham fans have grown to be frustrated in recent years following false promises from the board, with boiling point reached in a defeat to Burnley earlier this year where some fans invaded the field to protest, but the owners have finally put their money where their mouth is.

"The champions are Manchester City".

"It is hard to win every game, if we see how Wolves, Fulham or Everton act, they are all ambitious".

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

Hollywood icon Slyvester Stallone has essayed the role of Rocky Balboa in the Rocky series, which initially told the tale of a plucky southpaw who punched above his weight to become the heavyweight champion of the world. "We know that", Klopp continued.

In the meantime, the Chilean needs his new-look side to hit the ground running with a tough trip to much-fancied Liverpool first up on Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League.

"We don't have any special plans just for him because it would be easier if Liverpool were just Mo Salah, but they aren't".

"But you all ask me about the gap to City and what we have to do".

"We have to be more consistent to be there and more clinical and aggressive in the right moments". How could we say we have to beat everyone?

"We will try to reach the highest place". Being a Premier League player you need to tick a few boxes; as a goalkeeper it helps if you are calm.

But he said his team would also need a change in luck if they are to catch last year's runaway champions Manchester City.

Chicharito added: "The manager called me before the World Cup because he knew my situation was hard at the end of last season, and he made me feel very good". We can improve everything.

"Step by step, we come closer".

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