Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool will have to work hard this season to deserve any breaks after being "surprised" by the result of ESPN's Luck Index investigation that found Liverpool to be the unluckiest Premier League side last term.
They did finish a distant 25 points adrift of Pep Guardiola's magnificent City side, however, and Klopp's men will have to make drastic improvements this season, if they are to have any chance of toppling the Citizens.
"Again, you all ask me about the gap with City, it's nothing to do with City".
Summer signing Fabinho picked up a minor injury in Liverpool's 3-1 friendly win over Torino on Tuesday night and Klopp admitted he is not sure if the Brazilian midfielder will be available for the Renault Super Sunday clash with West Ham this weekend. 'We know that. More clinical. The English duo only just reported back for pre-season training earlier this week and are not yet match fit. The last few years I've had to sit here and defend our transfer behaviour, we sold more than we brought in.
"It is hard to win every game, if we see how Wolves, Fulham or Everton act, they are all ambitious".
"We are still Rocky Balboa, not Ivan Drago".
Liverpool finish pre-season by beating Torino
Liverpool concluded their preparations for the new season with a victory over Italian side Torino at Anfield. A lot of people think because of the transfer window we will [challenge more] - but that's not how it is.
Alisson, Keita and Fabinho are expected to go straight into Liverpool's first-team, while Shaqiri offers an experienced alternative to the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in attack. We need to improve everything.
"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". It's hard for the other teams as well. I don't think about that.
'City - the champions - have not lost a player and brought in Mahrez. We were in finals, yes, but if we got to the final we should win it this time.
"In the league it's exactly the same".
The Kop boss also noted that City haven't lost any players from last season's dominant side and insists they shouldn't underestimate other Premier League sides who intend to impress.