Liverpool still heading in the right direction - Klopp

Dean Simpson
November 10, 2018

"We can do better, that's always the case".

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has conceded that his side have yet to hit their free-flowing heights of last season, but said they are still in a strong position ahead of Fulham's visit to Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday.

"We must accept this situation and go outside our comfort zone, because this didn't bring us a good result".

"It feels a bit like this season can only be a success if we become champions".

While Klopp admitted his players were below-par on Tuesday night in Serbia, he said: "A lot of things are better than at the same time previous year".

Liverpool were the second-highest scorers in the top-flight in 2017-18 with 84 goals behind City's 106, and Klopp said that the comparison to last season may be contributing to dampened spirits at Anfield.

"Now we have to react for us in the right way, not only on Sunday, but in general".

"I saw a few games like this already and it is really hard to find your mojo", Klopp said. I know still a lot of people - maybe us as well - compare a Premier League game which we win with the best game of last season.

"I do not say it is serious we lost two times, but of course we have to make sure that it will not happen again, otherwise it will be hard". We were in the Champions League final previous year and that's the last impression, with all the spectacular games and whatever.

Liverpool's goal difference is now 12 worse than City's, but Klopp said he was not focusing on that ahead of the game against a Fulham team with the Premier League's worst defensive record. "But our football so far (this season) has been pretty successful", he added.

Dejan Lovren should be in contention after missing the defeat in Belgrade due to illness but I think he'll have to make do with a place on the bench on Sunday.

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane weren't at their best in midweek but I think Klopp will stick with his star attackers as they should have plenty of opportunities to shine against a poor Fulham defence this weekend. The football is good, a lot of things are really good, they caused City problems in the Carabao Cup. "That [his first-half display against Red Star Belgrade] was probably the worst I've ever seen him play".

Liverpool are expecting Joe Gomez to be fit to face Fuham this weekend, with all of Jordan Henderson, Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita pushing for a starting spot.

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