Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has said he expects the club to challenge for the English Premier League title this season, which kicks off on Friday.
The club spent a reported £176 million on signings during the transfer window, bringing in Brazil’s first choice goalkeeper, Alisson, Fabinho and Xhedan Shakiri. The Anfield side has not won a Premier League title in the open era. The last of their 18 EPL crown was won in 1990.
In his pre-match press conference on Friday, ahead of Liverpool’s season opener against West Ham on Sunday, the German said the club has built a squad with the depth necessary to be a genuine title contender.
“It was pretty normal there would be one season when we would spend more money,” Klopp said. “We had to create a squad which is strong enough and wide enough to cope with the Premier League”, Klopp said.
The former Borussia Dortmund coach, who took over at Liverpool in 2015, said he expects his players to fight for the league till their last breath.
“We have to be in the championship mode,” he said. “Let’s go for it until we have no more air or oxygen, really go for it”, he also said.
Klopp is yet to win any silverware at Liverpool, despite reaching the finals of the 2016 League Cup and Europa League and last season’s Champions League.
He said the club needs a better fortune to succeed, especially in big matches.
“We need more luck. Somebody told me we were the unluckiest team”.
“We have to be more consistent to be there and more clinical and aggressive in the right moments,” he added.