Liverpool have defensive worries ahead of West Ham tie

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I don't think about that because it's not what we have now, 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 all want to have our points.

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

Liverpool's summer business means optimism is high that a first Premier League title could be on its way to Merseyside.

"I work hard and my thoughts are always positive".

"It is pretty normal that some point we would spent more money than other years".

"The champions are Manchester City. It's about losing them in other games".

'They are top-quality. We are still Rocky Balboa, not Ivan Drago. "That's how it is, we know that", he told reporters at Melwood.

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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.

"We can not go there and win just because we are Liverpool". "We will see, we have no big issues but little things". "Let's go for it until we have no more air or oxygen, really go for it". But for me it is more hard when you don't have players, when you just have XI, when you don't have any problems, when you just choose exactly the same XI every week. "We have to be more clinical in the right moments".

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

"The players know I have to choose one starting XI, but also they know that if during the whole season you don't have a strong squad and just a team, it can be very hard to be successful".

"We can improve everything: we can improve our offensive game, we can improve our defensive game".

"People ask if it is the best squad but I don't think about it".

"Ragnar (Klavan) no real chance, Joel (Matip) did parts of training like Joe (Gomez) did, we will see how they are today". Step by step, we have come closer.