Klopp’s Reds have what it takes to win ti­tle

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LON­DON: Liver­pool are work­ing hard to­wards their aim of win­ning the Pre­mier League ti­tle, man­ager Juer­gen Klopp said ahead of yes­ter­day’s friendly against Ger­man cham­pi­ons Bay­ern Mu­nich at the Al­lianz Arena.

The Mersey­side club were in early ti­tle con­tention last sea­son, six points be­hind lead­ers Chelsea at the half­way stage, but faded to fin­ish 17 points be­hind the cham­pi­ons in fourth place.

“Yes, we will be play­ing for the cham­pi­onship,” Klopp told re­porters.

“We don’t start a sea­son by not hav­ing any am­bi­tions. We have to have our goals and I think we have a very good team now.

“We did have a bit of bad luck last sea­son. I think we can play a lit­tle bit bet­ter.

“Let’s hope ev­ery­thing will work very well and that there isn’t much more to im­prove. We have to work very hard on it and we’re do­ing that.”

Klopp said that forward Divock Origi and de­fender Joe Gomez would miss the side’s two friendlies in Mu­nich with mi­nor in­juries, but both should be fit for the open­ing league fix­ture against Wat­ford on Au­gust 12.

Forward Sa­dio Mane re­turned from a long-term knee in­jury in Liver­pool’s 3-0 win over Hertha Ber­lin last Satur­day and the 25-year-old praised winger Mo­hamed Salah, who scored the third goal.

“Every­body has seen how he’s quicker than ev­ery­one on the pitch,” Mane told the club’s web­site. (www.liv­er­poolfc.com) “He’s a nice lad and a great player,” he said adding that he was com­fort­able any­where the coach played him.

“I am able to play ev­ery forward po­si­tion. I don’t have a problem with that. I have played left wing, right wing and striker - it’s no problem for me.” – Reuters

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