Liverpool boss Klopp refuses to take Fulham win for granted

5th November 2018, Rajko Mitic Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia; UEFA Champions League football, Red Star Belgrade versus Liverpool, training and press conference; Head Coach Jurgen Klopp of...

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Fulham will pose a big challenge at Anfield on Sunday.

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT)  Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool talking with Sadio Mane of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on November 8, 2018 in...

Jurgen Klopp gave his pre-Fulham press conference from Melwood on Friday morning. The Liverpool manager was, understandably, keen to move on from the memory of Tuesday's defeat to Red Star Belgrade in Serbia.

Klopp was asked if he felt the Fulham game was an opportunity to concentrate on greatly improving his team's goal difference. The former Borussia Dortmund boss was taken aback by the question and dodged a bullet with his sensible take on the situation.

"Wow, I would be really an idiot - maybe people think I am, but not that much, to talk about goal difference before that game," Klopp said.

"They are a really skilled team, offensively... they are going to give us a big challenge."


While Klopp went the right way about dealing with such a loaded question, he will also know that a home fixture against the bottom team in the division has to be won and with Manchester City blowing teams away on a regular basis, Liverpool need to show they can move things up a gear and not only win on Sunday but win very comfortably.

Fulham have conceded an average of almost three goals per game since their return to the Premier League and Slavisa Jokanovic is the odds-on favourite to be the next manager to lose his job in England's top flight.

Andrew Robertson of Liverpool controls the ball during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between Red Star Belgrade and Liverpool at Rajko Mitic Stadium on November 6, 2018 in...

Klopp had some favours to ask of the Liverpool fans who will be attending the Fulham game on Sunday, too.

"Again, another challenge, twelve o'clock... so for all the people coming to the stadium, go in bed early on Saturday night, be in best shape at lunch-time on Sunday and help." Klopp said.

"If somebody goes there and expects an easy game, please stay at home. Please stay at home because it will not be, it will be really tough."

Liverpool have won four of their five home games in the Premier League, drawing 0-0 at Anfield with Manchester City, too. The Reds have conceded just one goal in the league at Anfield since February.

Fulham have just one point from their six away games so far this season.

Liverpool will welcome back Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita from their recent injury layoffs and Klopp had no fresh fitness concerns to report.

While getting the three points is the number one priority on Sunday, Liverpool's German boss will know that this is the perfect opportunity for Liverpool to bounce back from their Champions League defeat with a win.

The Reds could not have wished for a better game to face into after a tough outing in Belgrade last Tuesday. At home to the bottom team, Liverpool have the chance to click some partnerships back into gear and boost any egos that may need boosting.

Alisson Becker of Liverpool  during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at Emirates Stadium on November 3, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

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