"He [Klopp] needed a couple of midfielders, a player who can come in if one of the front three get injured and play with guile because that's their problem - breaking teams down".
"Of course we're all very motivated for the first match of the season, we've all worked very hard this week and it's important now to go out there on Sunday and show the results of that pre-match preparation", the Liverpool midfielder told his club's official site.
"What it taught me is that English teams play until the last second".
"I know a lot of people because we were that active in the transfer window", he said.
"We've all been working very well together and hopefully this is going to help us on Sunday to put it into practice in the league".
"The points we lost between us and City were obviously for different reasons and mostly because we did not win all the other games".
To an already heady cocktail of talent, Klopp has added the powerful Alisson Becker, purging all memory of Loris Karius' haplessness in goal, the versatile Fabinho, as comfortable at right back as he is in midfield, the Guinean starlet Naby Keita - for whom Liverpool had to activate a £48.5million release clause at RB Leipzig - and Xherdan Shaqiri.
Tottenham enjoyed a great season and finished third on 77 points, while Liverpool took up the final Champions League qualifying spot as they finished fourth.
And Klopp's additions make Liverpool contenders for the title according to Nicol, who also believes challenging will make it a successful season.
The Reds will score freely again this term but those two previous season starters suggests they could be vulnerable to letting one in too. I think this club needs to have this ambition to win titles.
"You ask me about the gap with City". I think he has to challenge right up until the end of the Premier League season.
"If he doesn't that's when we can start questioning".