Jurgen Klopp has said Liverpool “have to be” Rocky Balboa in this season’s Premier League title race and compared Manchester City to Ivan Drago.
Klopp used an analogy from the film ‘Rocky IV,’ where heavyweight boxer Balboa takes down the favourite Drago, to describe Liverpool’s task ahead in the upcoming campaign.
“I know a lot of people because we were that active in the transfer window,” he said. “That’s all part of the business, but it doesn’t decide anything.
“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? The champions are Manchester City. They didn’t lose any player. They brought in [Riyad] Mahrez, so that doesn’t make them weaker. So they are top quality.
“We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago. We cannot be. How? We are the ones that have to do more, to fight more, to do all these things. That must be our attitude.
“We didn’t reach anything so far. We were in finals. Do we go to finals again? Yes, we should try to win it this time. In the league it’s exactly the same.
“In the moment, it’s nothing. It’s like scientists without trying if it really works. We have to be like ‘Rocky’.”
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