"How could we say we have to be champions of the league, what about United or the other clubs?"
"We have to be like Rocky".
It was pretty normal there would be one season when we would spend more money.
"We will try to reach the highest place. We had to create a squad which is strong enough and wide enough to cope with the Premier League".
Rumours before the World Cup that Xherdan Shaqiri would sign were confirmed in mid-July just days before the arrival of Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker. "That's all part of the business, but it doesn't decide anything", Klopp said about his club's blockbuster summer transfer window, which has drawn widespread praise.
The Hammers endured a hard campaign last season, ending up in 13th position in the Premier League table, but many are predicting that they will be challenging for the European spots this term, with the arrival of nine new faces.
"We have to be more consistent". The champions are Manchester City; they didn't lose any player and they brought in Mahrez, so that doesn't make them weaker.
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"Step by step, we come closer".
If Matip and Gomez are unavailable, Nathaniel Phillips, who has performed well in pre-season, will likely partner Van Dijk. That is likely to play a big part in the early weeks of the season, as players fitness issues provoke tough decisions from managers on who starts, who rests, at least until the global break in September.
"We want to be, it has been clear for ages, champion of England and winning the league but how can we say that?" In the last few years I sat here and had to defend our transfer behaviour: that we sold more than we brought in.
"We need more luck", he said.
He stated: "My expectations are always high".
"In the moment someone thinks we reached already a point then that is when you start disappointing yourself and the people around you".