Liverpool are Premier League title underdogs despite £170m summer spend, insists Jurgen Klopp

JURGEN KLOPP has insisted Liverpool are the underdogs in the Premier League title race — despite a £170million spending spree.

The Anfield boss is widely perceived to have had a great summer transfer window.

 Jurgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool are underdogs this season and they need luck on their side if they are to win their first title since 1990

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Jurgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool are underdogs this season and they need luck on their side if they are to win their first title since 1990
 Klopp broke the world record fee for a goalkeeper when he netted Roma's Alisson

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Klopp broke the world record fee for a goalkeeper when he netted Roma's Alisson

He brought in goalkeeper Alisson, midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho as well as winger Xherdan Shaqiri.

And he compared Liverpool to the iconic Sylvster Stallone character Rocky Balboa in one of his epic fights with arch enemy Ivan Drago.

Klopp joked: "We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago.

"We have to be more consistent. More clinical. More aggressive in the right moments. We need to improve everything.

With the Premier League transfer window closed how well did Spurs, Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool do?

 Swiss ace Xherdan Shaqiri has also been brought in from relegated Stoke City

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Swiss ace Xherdan Shaqiri has also been brought in from relegated Stoke City
 Naby Keita has arrived from RB Leipzig after Liverpool loaned the midfielder back to the German club last term

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Naby Keita has arrived from RB Leipzig after Liverpool loaned the midfielder back to the German club last term

"We have to be in a championship mode. We jump into the water and we dive until we don't have oxygen anymore. That's the plan.

"A lot of people think because of the transfer window we will [challenge more] — but that's not how it is."

Liverpool head to West Ham for their first game of the season on Sunday afternoon.

But he is also hoping for some luck this season if they are to push Pep Guardiola's free-flowing City all the way.

 Klopp compared his club's duel against Manchester City to Rocky's epic bouts with Ivan Drago

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Klopp compared his club's duel against Manchester City to Rocky's epic bouts with Ivan Drago

And that means closing the 25-point gap they had to City last term as the Reds finished fourth on 75 points.

Klopp added: "Someone gave me the unluckiest team article.

"You ask me about the gap with City. We had three points from City and they had three points from us.

"It's about losing them in other games."

JURGEN KLOPP has insisted Liverpool are the underdogs in the Premier League title race — despite a £170million spending spree.