'My own expectations are always pretty high, we'll have to make the most of it (the pressure after spending a lot). We have to be more clinical in the right moments, more aggressive in the right moments.
Asked what Liverpool must do to catch City, Klopp replied with a smile: "More luck".
Apart from the aforementioned players, the only other confirmed absentee is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
"Ragnar (Klavan) no real chance, Joel (Matip) did parts of training like Joe (Gomez) did, we will see how they are today".
"We can improve everything: we can improve our offensive game, we can improve our defensive game".
Klopp is yet to win any silverware at Liverpool despite reaching the finals of the 2016 League Cup and Europa League and last season's Champions League, believes Liverpool need some good fortune.
"It is hard for us and the other teams too".
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. You dive in the water and now let's go for it until we don't have enough air. That's the plan. A lot of people think because of the transfer window we will [challenge more] - but that's not how it is. They didn't lose any players and they brought in [Riyad] Mahrez.
"The [Community Shield] game against Chelsea was impressive from both sides, there's top quality".
There's been a big debate following that particular deal being sealed over who will ultimately end up being the more successful capture.
"We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago, we have to fight more and do more things".