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Klopp sends message to fans ahead of the new season

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has insisted that winning the Premier League title will not be an easy task, despite their extensive summer recruiting.

The Reds are hot favourites to challenge City for the Premier League crown this season, with Klopp spending over £170m on new signings this summer.

But the German has played down his side’s expectations slightly, saying that there is a tough season ahead with many obstacles to overcome before they can begin talking about titles.

“The league will be difficult,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo.

“It is not about judging our situation and thinking ‘wow, really good’.

“We need to be ready each week, not only for a few games. That is our challenge.”

Liverpool have completed four deals so far this summer, with midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho joining for a combined fee of around £100m, Xherdan Shaqiri arriving from Stoke City and goalkeeper Alisson signing from Roma in a world-record deal.

But despite the huge money they have invested in their team this year, including the £75m they spent on defender Virgil van Dijk, Klopp has admitted he is aware of his team’s defensive issues that still remain.

Klopp revealed that the Reds will still be without centre-back duo Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan heading into their final pre-season clash against Torino at Anfield on Tuesday, and also gave an insight into the return of Dejan Lovren.

“Joel, we’ll have to see. Klavan, shouldn’t be too serious, but if Tuesday is too early I don’t know yet,” Klopp added.

“Maybe we will do some magic things with the formation on Tuesday. I don’t know how we will do it.

“Dejan didn’t train so far. He probably won’t play Tuesday and Sunday will be very difficult as well.

“The first two league games at least are in the ‘pre-season’ [for the World Cup players].”