Liverpool v Fulham: Reds can be the only victor in likely goalfest
Liverpool v Fulham: Reds can be the only victor in likely goalfest
Jurgen Klopp reveals he staged a team meeting with his players after Champions League defeat
11 November, 2018, 08:51
While Klopp insisted he was not concerned about the form of a side that have collected an impressive 27 points from the first 11 games of the Premier League season, he admits his side have not produced "spectacular football in each game" in recent weeks.
Fulham failed to test Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lössl during their 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Terriers, but will be looking to Aleksandar Mitrovic and André Schürrle for inspiration in front of goal.
For Liverpool, Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson, as well as Joe Gomez are fit to play on Sunday, so Klopp will have to make a few tough choices.
With Pep Guardiola's men taking on Manchester United at 4.30pm tomorrow, Liverpool know this is a great opportunity to put the pressure on with three points over a Fulham side that are rock bottom of the table with just five points.
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.
"You will never score a goal against a team like Fulham with the quality they have only because you go in the game with the wrong attitude and think about scoring, scoring, scoring or whatever".
'A few times before games I say my team is ready for the fight, but are not showing effort or ambition and we must change this.
"They play Fulham at home on Sunday - a game they are expected to win". "Now everyone has started again [after last season]".
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 have to admit a lot of things are better than previous year by the start of November, but spectacular football in each game hasn't happened. 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. "We need a positive reaction", he added.
After the opening four games, there was definitely a feeling that Fulham had been unlucky and the performances had merited more points. We use the good things and work on the less good things.
Slavisa Jokanovic's side have the unwanted record of conceding the most goals in the Premier League, with 29, but Gale feels it is the best time to face Liverpool. Even if it's not Premier League, it's kind of this big gap. In the Premier League, that class has shone through four assists for Fulham.
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