Liverpool Jurgen Klopp on ESPN Luck Index: Well deserve our luck more

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Rumours before the World Cup that Xherdan Shaqiri would sign were confirmed in mid-July just days before the arrival of Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker.

"We have to be more consistent", Klopp said. We have to be more clinical in the right moments, more aggressive in the right moments. A few years ago at Dortmund, let me say with the 2012 team or 2011, if somebody said, "You can keep that team for the next four years or you get this and that player but you have to sell him and him", I would say, "No, no I'll keep that team". We can improve everything.

'You ask me about the gap with City.

This has raised expectations for a title challenge in 2018/19, but after City's record-breaking 100-point tally last season the obstacles are vast.

But the German insists they are still underdogs in the battle for the league crown, saying: "We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago".

"We have to be in a championship mode". It's like you jump into the water, you dive in and we go for it until we don't have air or oxygen anymore. "That's the plan - that we really go for it". "I think it's the year of Liverpool, Alisson and Firmino!" That does not decide anything. No, but they can beat Man City in a one-off game.

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"The [Community Shield] game against Chelsea was impressive from both sides, there's top quality".

In the Sylvester Stallone film the eponymous hero wins a 15th-round knockout against remorseless 100-win heavyweight Ivan Drago, who had previously killed Apollo Creed in a fight in which Balboa was in his fellow American's corner.

There are many fans of the Rocky movie franchise who believe that part IV was the best film in the series, as it most easily lends itself to the classic David vs. Goliath motif. "That must be our attitude".

Signed as an outcast from Arsenal's squad, Lucas Perez has endured a hard time in the Premier League since his arrival two seasons ago and made just a handful of appearances in his maiden campaign, then returning to Deportivo last season.

A little surprisingly, Pele failed to mention another Brazilian on Liverpool's books in midfielder Fabinho, who joined from Monaco for £44million and could prove to be a hugely important player for Jurgen Klopp's team.

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