Liverpool boss Klopp: Big spending always going to happen

Kristopher Nichols
August 10, 2018

Liverpool finished 25 points behind champions Manchester City last season, and Klopp was asked at news conference on Friday what needed to be done to close the gap this time around after a summer in which Fabinho, Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri and goalkeeper Alisson joined the club.

With the Reds taking on the Hammers on Sunday in their first Premier League game of the 2018/19 season, excitement and anticipation among supporters is at an all-time high.

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.

"My own expectations are always pretty high: make the best out of it, get everything out of it, try to reach the highest", Klopp said.

Klopp admits there could be further departures from Anfield, with the transfer window still open in Spain, France and Germany.

"How could we say we have to be champions of the league, what about United or the other clubs?" We are the ones that have to do more, to fight more, to do all these things.

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"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". The last few years, I have sat here and had to defend our transfer behaviour, that we sold more than we brought in, but that all made sense. "It's about losing them in other games".

"The champions Manchester City did not lose any player and brought in (Riyad) Mahrez, so it doesn't make them weaker".

'They are top-quality. We are still Rocky Balboa, not Ivan Drago. We were in finals.

"We have to be more consistent to be there and more clinical and aggressive in the right moments". In the league it's exactly the same. We have to come in a championship mood.

If Matip and Gomez are unavailable, Nathaniel Phillips, who has performed well in pre-season, will likely partner Van Dijk.

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