Liverpool have defensive worries ahead of West Ham tie

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Klopp accepts that the pressure is on at Anfield

It's about what we make of it, how often we deliver, how often we bring ourselves in a mood to fight against all these Premier League teams who want to have our points'.

"We have to be like Rocky". We did not reach anything so far.

"We had to create a squad which is strong enough and wide enough to cope with the Premier League and to be as successful as possible".

Klopp has made four big money signings, adding goalkeeper Alisson, midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho and winger Xherdan Shaqiri, giving supporters genuine optimism ahead of the new campaign. "That's all part of the business, but it doesn't decide anything", Klopp said about his club's blockbuster summer transfer window, which has drawn widespread praise.

Klopp accepts the pressure ahead of Sunday's opening match against a much-changed West Ham United but said his team will also need a change in luck if they are to catch last year's runaway champions City.

However, Klopp disagrees with that view as he pointed out that Manchester City, the defending champions, have strengthened significantly as well.

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Liverpool reached the final of the Champions League last season, knocking out City on the way, but they were 25 points off the record-breaking pace set by Pep Guardiola's side domestically. Step by step, we have come closer.

"We are the ones who have to do more and fight more - that must be our attitude".

"We miss him [Danny] already, but things have to go on".

"More clinical in the right moments, more aggressive in the right moments".

We are in for an entertaining 90 minutes at Anfield, so here is everything you need to know about the match... At the end, I'm pretty sure we have a fantastic football team on the pitch and hopefully I have to make a few decisions.

"Liverpool will give the title a go, they're the second best now, I think they've bought very well, very well", Merson told Sky Sports.

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