Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Liverpool’s football suffering from comparisons to last season, says Klopp

Liverpool’s football suffering from comparisons to last season, says Klopp

Slavisa Jokanovic has come out fighting amid speculation that he is close to losing his job as Fulham manager, insisting he is the right man to drag the club from the foot of the Premier League and accusing his players of not showing enough effort and ambition during a run of six successive defeats in all competitions.

"This game is a big challenge, this is a big challenge for all of us".

On his side's chances of winning a laurel this season, he added: "The season so far, points-wise, is really successful, but it doesn't feel like that because of two reasons - the comparison with free-flowing football last season, and because City and Chelsea are playing really good this season".

"That is in a year when our competitors are the champions of last year, two years ago and a refreshed Arsenal, a more experienced Tottenham, who have a similar number of points we have, and Manchester United turning around".

"We have really to admit for ourselves that a lot of things are better than previous year". It is not what we wanted and we will go for the other two games 100 per cent.

"We go for everything but we have to build on our situation, to get more better and more confident".

Liverpool have won their last four Premier League matches against Fulham, though this is their first league meeting since February 2014.

He said: "I would be really an idiot - a few people think I am but not that much - if I would talk about any goal difference before that game".

"Everybody is searching for [fluidity]... but we are here to get results", Klopp said. But a lot of people compare a normal Premier League game which we win, with the very best game of last season.

"I would really be an idiot", he said.

"I'm not sure I can expect that, but it would help if you would watch a few Fulham games before you ask questions like this". The football is good, a lot of things are really good, they caused City problems in the Carabao Cup.

Jordan Henderson is also back in contention after overcoming a niggling hamstring injury that's hampered him in recent weeks but Klopp may be cautious with the midfielder so he might be eased in to action from the bench.

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.

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