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Klopp has great expectations Liverpool will deliver

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Jurgen says he has high expectations for Liverpool's ability to challenge for the title after spending the most of any of his rivals in the close season.

spent a reported ?176million ($225million, 196million euros) bringing in, among others, and and hopes to deliver Liverpool's first league title in the era, with the last of their 18 champions crowns coming in 1990.

In his pre-match press conference today, ahead of Liverpool's season opener against West Ham on Sunday, said spent so much to build a squad with the depth necessary to be genuine title contender.

"It was pretty normal there would be one season when we would spend more money," Klopp said.

"We had to create a squad which is strong enough and wide enough to cope with the " Klopp, who took over at job in 2015 after guiding Borussia Dortmund to two titles, says he expects his players to fight to the last breath for the league title.

"We have to be in the championship mode," he said. "Let's go for it until we have no more air or oxygen, really go for it."

- 'We need more luck' -


Klopp, whose longtime number two left abruptly towards the end of last term, fell back one of his favourite analogies saying Liverpool were Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa rather than his Soviet opponent

"The champions are Manchester City, they did not lose any players and brought in Riyad Mahrez, that does not make them weaker, we saw the Chelsea game and saw and they were impressive," he said.

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

"We did not reach anything yet, we have been in finals and if we get there again we should try to win it.

"The league is exactly the same."

Klopp is yet to win any silverware at Liverpool despite reaching the finals of the 2016 and last season's Champions League, believes Liverpool need some good fortune.

"We need more luck," he said.

"told me we were the unluckiest team.

"We have to be more consistent to be there and more clinical and aggressive in the right moments." Klopp said the team needed to improve at both ends of the pitch if they are to make a genuine title challenge and not end up as last season -- finishing fourth 25 points adrift of City.

"We can improve our offensive and defensive play but it is nothing to do with City," he said.

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

"It is difficult for us and the other teams too.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 20:10 IST