Klopp: 'It's only an English thing, where you can win the league in the transfer window' (+video)
- A 4-0 win over the Hammers is definitely a pleasant way to kickstart this season's campaign, but there's still a long long way to the title
Klopp was asked about silverware expectations that surround the club after an impressive transfer campaign in summer:
"We have expectations as well, so that is already enough to feel completely different before a Premier League game before all the pre-season games. Wherever they are, whether it’s Man United in front of 100,000, it feels different to a Premier League game against West Ham, that’s how it is.
"You cannot create that situation, that’s what I mean when I said you cannot test the test before you have the test. It was good, we know about our expectations and we obviously realised a very positive atmosphere around us in the whole pre-season, that’s all.
"It’s good that the people are positive, but the people know as well that this season will be unbelievably hard. That’s the only thing that I wanted to say: we cannot be anything different from the challenger because we didn’t win anything since I am in anyway, [and] it’s long time ago.
"So we have to invest more, we have to fight more, we have to create more. That’s what we expect from ourselves and then we will see where it leads to. West Ham will play for sure a good season, but they are not then the Uniteds, Citys and all that stuff.
"It's only an English thing, where you can win the league in the transfer window. It's not possible. It's not interesting. We did our business, other teams did theirs last year, two years ago, whatever. We did it this year because we felt it was the right moment to do so, that's all! We enjoy our role, and all the rest is not important to us.
"That’s how it is, they know that and we know that and we have to be ready week in, week out for all the different challenges. Expectation - ours is the highest, but that changes nothing."
Jurgen Klopp addressed the title expectations for Liverpool to Man City and Man United. pic.twitter.com/achYtALJic— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 12, 2018