Liverpool boss Klopp expects 'big fight' against Chelsea
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Jurgen Klopp has warned Liverpool fans that they “have to be ready to get some knocks” this season as they try to keep pace with their rivals. Liverpool have bucked the trend in the Premier League by sticking instead of twisting in the summer transfer window and Klopp knows they will be up against it.
Ibrahima Konate’s £36million move from RB Leipzig remains the Reds’ only major transfer of the window, which has just three days remaining.
Liverpool moved early to secure Konate’s services following their well-documented injury problems in central defence last season.
Klopp has opted not to buy an outright replacement for Gini Wijnaldum, who joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.
He has instead trusted the players already in his squad to step up in Wijnaldum’s absence, which is a clear point of difference from Liverpool’s rivals.
While Klopp believes Liverpool are in a good position to challenge this season, he recognises his rivals have used the transfer window to strengthen their hands.
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“We know this league, not only since this transfer window, which hasn’t even finished yet, is the strongest league in the world. I think nobody doubts that,” he said.
“Being ambitious in this league means you have to be ready to get some knocks, to get some punches here and there, you just have to get up and go again.
“With the quality we have, if we can do that, the only plan was always that we are able to beat the best teams in the world.
“We never thought about being the best team in the world.
“Obviously at this moment nobody thinks that we are the best team in the world. Good.
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“But we still want to beat the best teams, and Chelsea won the Champions League and there are not a lot of tournaments that are more important. Let’s give it a try.”
While Liverpool have signed just one player, the Premier League has been bolstered by the addition of several impressive new players.
Manchester United have added Cristiano Ronaldo to their roster following the arrivals of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.
Defending champions Manchester City have signed Jack Grealish from Aston Villa in a league-record £100million move and are still seeking a striker before the deadline.
Chelsea have signed Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan for £97.5m, Arsenal have shelled out around £130m on five new players and Tottenham have been on a recruitment spree since Fabio Paratici’s arrival as sporting director.
Despite their inactivity, Liverpool have made a strong start to the season, beating Norwich and Burnley, ahead of Saturday’s match against Chelsea.
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