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"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?"

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While City have not spent as much as Liverpool in this window, they have been among the biggest spenders in the English top-flight for a few years now and a majority of their squad looks likely to remain the same in the years to come. It's always my expectation to reach the highest level but it doesn't work all the time, ' Klopp said. "We had to create a squad which is strong enough and wide enough to cope with the Premier League".

The German manager has outsepnt everyone else in the Premier League this season, signing the likes of Alisson from Roma (£67million), Fabinho (Roma, £43.7million) and Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City, £13million).

Klopp admits there could be further departures from Anfield, with the transfer window still open in Spain, France and Germany.

Liverpool face West Ham tomorrow in their first game of the season.

"Concerning the gap with Manchester City, but we had three points from them last season and they had three points from us".

"At the end I'm pretty sure we will have a fantastic football team on the pitch". Do we go to finals again? How could we say we have to beat everyone?

"We have to be more consistent. But what about the other clubs?", Klopp opined at his pre-match press conference on Friday. More clinical. More aggressive in the right moments. We can improve everything.

He stated: "My expectations are always high".

"A lot of people think because of the transfer window we will (challenge more) - but that's not how it is".


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