But having spent £170m this summer on Naby Keita, Fabinho, Alisson and Xherdan Shaqiri, Liverpool are seen as the genuine rivals to City for the title. We should try to win it this time. "We have to be ready to fight". We have to be more aggressive in the right moments. We can improve our offensive play, we can improve our defensive play.
"But I felt for Liverpool to challenge and to have any chance of challenging, they had to address that and they did". We can't go there and only win because we are Liverpool. 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.
"The great thing about Chelsea under Roman Abramovich is whenever you think they have got problems, they are the one club in the top six who can fight back straight away and win a league".
"His scan was clear but he was feeling ill [when he came in for training] and we sent him home again".More news: Yerry Mina completes Everton move
Speaking at his press conference, the manager confirmed that Dejan Lovren will not feature due to his late return after he helped Croatia reach the World Cup final, whilst Ragnar Klavan has also been ruled out with injury.
City kick off the new season at Arsenal on Sunday strongly tipped to become back-to-back champions, with Liverpool second favourites.
And while Klopp would like that fortune to change he knows there are other factors which are more important. They are all in different shape.
"Trent has had longer, which is good", he said.More news: Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea All Ready For Big Signings
"But Dejan will not be available for the weekend".
"We will see, we have not big issues but we have these little things where we have to think about if it's a risk or not and if it's a risk do we take it or not and all that stuff".
Despite spending £250million on new players in 2018, Klopp believes City are still the team to beat and used the Rocky IV film to emphasise his point.More news: Indonesia Earthquake Death Toll Rises To 164, At Least 1400 Injured