Liverpool have defensive worries ahead of West Ham tie

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But speaking ahead of Sunday's visit of West Ham - live on Sky Sports on Sunday lunchtime - Klopp says his side remain underdogs in the race for the Premier League title.

"We have to be more consistent, we know that". We know that. We have to be more clinical in the right moments, we have to be more aggressive in the right moments.

"We need more luck", he said.

"We can improve our offensive and defensive play but it is nothing to do with City", he said.

And in the 2002 World Cup he predicted Argentina and France would go all the way to the final, only to see both giants eliminated in the first round - while his own nation won the title despite Pele's opinion they would not make it out of the group stage.

A recent survey revealed Liverpool were the Premier League's unluckiest club last season, with decisions costing them 12 points.

If Matip and Gomez are unavailable, Nathaniel Phillips, who has performed well in pre-season, will likely partner Van Dijk. You dive in the water and now let's go for it until we don't have enough air. 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. Then he felt ill so we sent him home again and I haven't seen him again. That does not decide anything. Maybe with the way his team plays or because of other problems.

"We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago". We need to want more and fight more. "That must be our attitude".

Meanwhile, young striker Rhian Brewster, who signed a five-year contract in July, has acquired the No. 24 shirt - last occupied by Joe Allen.

Jürgen Klopp has confirmed that the scan Fabinho had on a knock he picked up is clear and that the Brazilian should be fit to face West Ham while Dejan Lovren is unavailable.

Manchester United may not have got as many signings as they wanted but will still be going for the title, while Chelsea and Arsenal will hope to be revitalised under the guidance of new managers Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery respectively.

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