Liverpool manager Klopp: Why are we Man City's only challengers?

Liverpool manager Klopp: Why are we Man City's only challengers?

The Sky Sports pundit was on hand for Sunday's Premier League fixture between Liverpool and West Ham United, attempting to provide some words of wisdom.

As assured a Premier League debut as you are likely to see, Keita dominated the middle of the park and did not allow the West Ham midfielders to impose their game on this strong Liverpool side.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his players have to summon the spirit of Rocky Balboa if they are to close the gap to defending Premier League champions Manchester City. It's still early and going to Anfield is never easy, so it's hard to take too much away from this match, but it will be a good learning experience for this team as it moves forward in a new era.

The German said: "We know about our expectations and we realise there is a really positive atmosphere around us in the pre-season".

Liverpool now have a full eight days to recover until their second league game of the season against Crystal Palace on August 20.

"We need more luck", he said.

He said: "It's a very good start, for sure".

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Shortly after the break, the Reds extended their lead as Mane bagged his second with neat turn and finish to make it 3-0, although replays suggest he was offside.

Always you see things in pre-season [against] different opponents and in different moments, but now the Premier League is a proper fight and immediately today that's the biggest change and then you hope as a manager that your team is ready for that, because you can not test it before you have the test.

"But I think a couple of balls decided the score".

A recent survey revealed Liverpool were the Premier League's unluckiest club last season, with decisions costing them 12 points.

The Kop boss accepts expectations are sky high after splashing £170m this summer and impressing in pre-season.

Liverpool will be amongst those vying for the title and they look in a good position to challenge. So why should we [be the only challengers] because we made a few signings? After the mild post-Upton Park chaos, they now have a new manager in Manuel Pellegrini, who has finally secured the financial backing of the owners. N'Golo Kante, Paul Pogba, Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard: it was only four weekends ago that all of these players participated in the final games in Russian Federation, but they're already back and doing what they do best. And when you consider, as it has been for other clubs also, the build-up has been disrupted by players coming back at different times, it is even more impressive.

Mane, who scored two of the Reds' four goals on the opening day, was already familiar with Keita from their brief spell together at Red Bull Salzburg.

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