Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is not afraid to dethrone champions Manchester City this summer.
The 51-year-old confidently reminded the English media in a pre-match conference that his team is not scared of displacing the Citizens at the top of this season’s league standings, saying the Reds are like “Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago.”
Klopp referred to the fictional characters from the 1985 thriller Rocky (IV). Ivan Drago played as an antagonist to Rocky Balboa, but suffered a huge knockout in their big bout.
While Klopp sees City as the “Ivan Drago” of this current campaign, he is confident Rocky Balboa will knock them out this time, despite their slip to fourth last summer.
“The plan is that we really go for it. We want to be, it’s clear for ages, champions of England. But what about the other clubs?
“The champions are Manchester City; they didn’t lose any player and they brought in [Riyad] Mahrez, so that doesn’t make them weaker.
“We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago. We are the ones who have to do more and fight more – that must be our attitude.”
Klopp’s side boasted one of the most lethal attacks in the Premier League and the European top five leagues last summer.
They reached the final of the Champions League, where they lost 3-1 on the night at Kiev against Real Madrid, but still had the highest goals scored by any team in the tournament.
If any side can shake the seats on which City sits on, it’s very likely the Reds.
The German tactician bolstered his squad before the campaign with new additions.
Naby Keita joined from RB Leipzig, Fabinho from Monaco, Xherdan Shaqiri from relegated Stoke City and Alisson Becker from Roma.
The Reds chief added: “We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago. We are the ones who have to do more and fight more – that must be our attitude.”