Klopp: Liverpool are Rocky Balboa

Klopp: Liverpool are Rocky Balboa

On the eve of the debut match against West Ham, the head coach of the Merceysiders Jurgen Klopp gave an interview, in which he talked about expectations for the upcoming season, comparing Liverpool with the hero of a sports drama with the participation of Sylvester Stallone.

Last season, Reds stopped on fourth place, losing 25 points to the winners Manchester City. Following a 180-million pound transfer campaign, the Scousers are hoping for progress as Fabiano, Keita, Shaqiri and Alisson stepped up the team, and Daniel Sturridge, who spent the last season in West Bromwich on loan, gained shape during pre-season.

The German also drew attention to the squad of the Citizens , stating that Guardiola had kept all the players since last season, and also bought Mahrez from Leicester. That's why City are again explicit contenders for the championship, and Liverpool act as an underground band trying to climb the throne,

“We remain in the role of Rocky Balboa, but not Ivan Drago. We cannot be different. How? We are the team which needs to do more to fight more to do all these things. That should be our behavior. We have not achieved anything from this yet, although advanced to the finals. Will we get there this time? Yes, but now we need to win. In the championship - the same thing.”

Not for nothing the bookmakers put Liverpool on the second line on the likelihood of a victory in the EPL. Clopp, with the strengths and style of the game, will claim the championship if he does not lose points in the games against the mid-table teams, as was the case in the previous two seasons. At the same time, the German is able to resist Guardiola, having defeated Liverpool in the last four matches in all tournaments. The struggle for the NPS crown will be intense, but the championship will not decide in the direct matches of the leaders, and on a distance against the teams of the second echelon.