Jurgen Klopp defends Virgil van Dijk after criticism for Red Star display

11 November, 2018, 08:07 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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The Cottagers have conceded 29 goals during that time - to share an unwanted Premier League record with Southampton from 2012-13 - and are now on a run of five straight defeats.

"The season so far, points-wise, is really successful but it doesn't feel like that for two reasons", Klopp said, as they look to continue their unbeaten start in the Premier League against Fulham on Sunday.

If not, then the current crop of Fulham players might just get a taste of how their 1986 team felt when they went to Anfield: despite Liverpool missing a penalty, Fulham lost - 10-0! Centre-back Dejan Lovren has recovered from an illness that kept him out of Liverpool's shock 2-0 defeat to Red Star in the Champions League.

Liverpool have won their last four Premier League games against Fulham, this being the first meeting between the two sides since February 2014.

But Klopp said he waits until after "a full night and morning" as "emotions are not good for analysis".

The Liverpool manager revealed the squad met to analyse "how we see our situation" after their Champions League defeat by Red Star Belgrade in Serbia this week.

Klopp's men have only dropped points in stalemates with Chelsea FC, Manchester City and Arsenal in the Premier League this term.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "I'm not sure how many Fulham games you've watched over 90 minutes - not only Match of the Day or a summary of stuff like that - but this is a really odd situation for Fulham".

"We had a bad game in Belgrade and we never ignore that". "A few people think I am, but not that much if I would talk about goal difference before that game". Last season, we would suffocate teams through our precise passing, and if they tried to press us, they would rarely be able to keep it up for 90 minutes.

Midfielders Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita are both in line for a return to action following their respective hamstring injuries.

"People seem to be saying this season will only be a success if we become champions, but it is not like that". We need to be more motivated and be ready for a fight, be ready for battle.

"Okay, the result is more important and points, but if you are not available and don't catch this level, there exists a way to lose the points".

"If we are confused, scared and play like kids, it's not easy".

In all competitions, Fulham have managed just one win in their 33 away visits to Liverpool (D9 L23), scoring just four times in their last 17 games at Anfield.

Having impressively made their way into the Premier League at the expense of Aston Villa in last season's Championship play-off final, the London club quite simply haven't taken to life in the top flight. Daniel Sturridge has contributed to five goals in last three Premier League games against Fulham for Liverpool (4 goals, 1 assist).



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