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Klopp says Liverpool have to summon spirit of Rocky Balboa to close gap on City

Jurgen Klopp believes his players have to summon the spirit of Rocky Balboa if they are to close the gap on Manchester City Photo: PA

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his players have to summon the spirit of Rocky Balboa if they are to close the gap to defending Premier League champions Manchester City.

The Reds boss chose to reference the plot of Rocky IV in his response to how his side would go about bridging last season's 25-point deficit to Pep Guardiola's side.

In the Sylvester Stallone film the eponymous hero wins a 15th-round knockout against remorseless 100-win heavyweight Ivan Drago, who had previously killed Apollo Creed in a fight in which Balboa was in his fellow American's corner.

"We are still Rocky Balboa, not Ivan Drago," said Klopp.

"We are the ones who have to do more, fight more, and that must be our attitude.

"In the moment someone thinks we reached already a point then that is when you start disappointing yourself and the people around you.

"Why should we do that? We didn't reach anything so far. We went to finals. Should we go to a final again we should try to win it this time.

"We have to be like Rocky."