The champions are Manchester City; they didn't lose any player and they brought in Mahrez, so that doesn't make them weaker.
But the German recognises it remains a sizeable task and likened City to Drago, the formidable rival to fictional boxing character Balboa. It's like scientists without trying if it really works.
Jurgen Klopp revealed on Friday morning that Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan are both out of the weekend's game while fellow centre-halves Joe Gomez and Joel Matip will be assessed at Melwood.
"We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago, we are the ones who have to do more and fight more, that must be our attitude".
Liverpool reached the final of the Champions League last season, knocking out City on the way, but they were 25 points off the record-breaking pace set by Pep Guardiola's side domestically. But for me it is more hard when you don't have players, when you just have XI, when you don't have any problems, when you just choose exactly the same XI every week.
"We have to be more consistent to be there and more clinical and aggressive in the right moments".More news: At least 4 dead in Canadian shooting
"Win all of them and it's good, but it's really hard to do so". We can improve everything.
"If you see how Wolves act, Fulham act, Everton act, a lot of clubs are all ambitious". That's all really hard.
"We can't go there and only because we are Liverpool we will win the game there". It's hard for the other teams as well.
"Their Achilles heel for me will be against the lesser teams and if they can break them down but I'm all over Liverpool, I think they're the team who will come second".
It was pretty normal there would be one season when we would spend more money. "Let's go for it until we have no more air or oxygen, really go for it".
"We have a few, not with big issues but with little things", he said. Trent, a bit longer in, which is good; [Henderson] in and full of power, but not too long in - three or four days - but it's Hendo so you always think about him.