Liverpool vs West Ham, Premier League 2018-19

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10 August, 2018

"We want to - that's clear for ages - be the champion of England or winning the league, but how could we say that, what about the other clubs?"

Merson believes Klopp's side will be someway short of reigning champions Manchester City - but not for a lack of effort.

"The plan is that we really go for it (the Premier League)".

"There would always be a point where we spent a bit more money".

"The champions are Manchester City". That's it. We lost them in other games.

"We are still Rocky Balboa, not Ivan Drago". We are the ones that have to do more, to fight more, to do all these things.

"Somebody told me we were the unluckiest team".

Regardless of his downplaying with the media, fans are hopeful that the German manager will bring home the club's first league title since 1990 this season.

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Hernandez managed just eight goals for West Ham last season, as the club battled to steer a course to Premier League safety under Slaven Bilic and David Moyes.

Alisson, Keita and Fabinho are expected to go straight into Liverpool's first-team, while Shaqiri offers an experienced alternative to the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in attack. 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.

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

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. You have to create a squad which is strong enough and wide enough to cope with the Premier League. "We have to be more clinical in the right moments".

"I know a lot of people think about the transfer window, but that doesn't decide anything".

"Step by step, we come closer".

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