Jürgen Klopp: ‘The players know this season will be unbelievably hard’

Jürgen Klopp: ‘The players know this season will be unbelievably hard’

However, these days it is rare that a Premier League team defends their title, a fact which will give the chasing pack a lot of hope.

However, with his current deal tying him to Liverpool until 2022, and the Reds boss receiving significant financial backing during the recently closed transfer window, it seems Klopp plans to remain with the north west outfit for the long haul.

He said on the Gary Neville Podcast: "I think Liverpool are the side [City] will feel threatened by directly". "But I can not say now "we will not go there" because my job is to make Liverpool as strong as possible".

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

The Draw - the Merseysiders had seven of those in their 19 matches - is [6.8] while West Ham are [14.5] to spring a surprise.

"Dejan had a few problems previous year", he said, "but he could play, and he played really good". I don't like to look too far ahead - we just need to do the talking on the pitch and make sure we perform well.

Marko Arnautovic has been banging them in during pre-season and caused Liverpool problems at Anfield a year ago, striking the woodwork with the score still 0-0.

But the additions of Fabinho and Keita significantly improve Liverpool's quality in that area of the field and crucially fit perfectly into Klopp's high pressing system.

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"All the staff, all the people, not to mention the players. Joel did yesterday parts of training like Joe did - we will see how they are today". What are your prospects for this season?

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"West Ham will have a good season but they are not the Uniteds and Citys - they know that, we know that".

Replays showed that Mane was offside - a rare referee mistake in Liverpool's favour which would ultimately make no difference to the result.

"I think directly there is a threat, and I think indirectly in terms of the bigger picture in the league, certainly with the signings they have made, the good feeling of getting into a Champions League final and finishing in the top four consecutive seasons is something where City will feel a threat". For us it was not ideal, but really good.

"For that it was a clear start, it was good".

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For me, watching Liverpool's Klopp and their front 3 last season was an absolute pleasure and not many teams were able to cope with them. We have to invest more, we have to fight more, we have to create more.

Of course, it is easier said than done though. We knew it was going to be hard. "This is why we have a chance and why we look forward to giving all we have from now until the last kick of the last game".

And finally, what's your score prediction for Sunday?

"I thought after being 1-0 up we didn't have the same dominance, the same intensity".

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