Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has classified his side as under-dogs as the English Premier League 2018/19 season kicks off today.

Klopp said Liverpool are like ‘Rocky Balboa’, insisting champions Manchester City are still the favourites.

“The champions Manchester City did not lose any player and brought in (Riyad) Mahrez, so it doesn't make them weaker,” Klopp said earlier on Friday at his conference.

“They are top-quality. We are still Rocky Balboa, not Ivan Drago. We are the ones who have to do more, fight more, and that must be our attitude.”

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But Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola responded to Klopp's 'favourites' assertion by saying he is used to it.

“Thank you, Jurgen. For nine years I've lived with it, no problem.

“Every season except the first when I arrived (at Barcelona), when I had people who didn't know I was a manager, since then we've been the favourites. But thank you, Jurgen, you are so kind.”

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.  

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