Paul Merson claims Liverpool FC need key signing to win the title

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Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool "have to be" Rocky Balboa in this season's Premier League title race and compared Manchester City to Ivan Drago.

"I am convinced that Jürgen Klopp's progressive side are the biggest danger to City this season and I feel they will give Pep Guardiola's side a real run for their money".

"The champions Manchester City did not lose any player and brought in (Riyad) Mahrez, so it doesn't make them weaker".

"We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago".

"It is about what we make of it, how often we deliver, how often we bring ourselves in a mood to fight with these Premier League teams who want to have our points".

"If you ask me whether it is the best squad I have ever had or whatever I don't think about that because it is not about what we have now".

The two sides first meet at Anfield on October 7 before the return is scheduled for New Year's Day with many fans expecting both to be thrashing it out for the title this season.

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, believes Liverpool need some good fortune.

"But how could we say that, what about the other clubs? I have not seen him [again] so far so we will see about his availability". We went to finals.

"Could we go to a final again?" Yes, we should try to win it this time. We are the ones that have to do more, to fight more, to do all these things. In the league it's exactly the same.

Summer signing Fabinho picked up a minor injury in Liverpool's 3-1 friendly win over Torino on Tuesday night and Klopp admitted he is not sure if the Brazilian midfielder will be available for the Renault Super Sunday clash with West Ham this weekend. Now, it's all nothing.

"In the moment it's nothing, it's like scientists-[in theory] it really works".