Manchester City form should not dim Liverpool assessment - Klopp

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After dropping two points in their last Premier League outing, Liverpool are out for blood and a midweek defeat in Serbia will also serve as motivation to return to winning ways as the Reds head towards the crunch festive fixture list.

"(Huddersfield) were always more strong than us; the effort wasn't strong enough.

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool's season will be unfairly judged as a failure if they do not win the Premier League.

"It's good to have them back and it's probably the first time that all midfield players, apart from Ox, are available", Klopp said.

"But it doesn't really feel like that because there are two reasons in comparison with previous year: free-flowing football in a few games and Man City and maybe Chelsea and a few others play a very good season as well".


Although they are firm favourites, taking on Slavisa Jokanovic's men at Anfield, former Red Lawrenson is dubious of this current Liverpool side's adaptability. We have to build on our situation, get better, get confidence. On Tuesday was a rather massive knock that wasn't expected.

He said: "In general, the shape is good, we played a lot of really good games".

"I scored goals for other big teams also, but in front of the Kop was very special for me".

"You have to remember our competitors are champions of last year and two years ago, and a refreshed Arsenal and Tottenham and Manchester United are still there - but we go for everything". "But we have to enjoy our football as well, because it was so far pretty successful".

"Everybody is searching for [fluidity]... but we are here to get results", Klopp said.


"I am really happy with him".

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.

Jokanovic led Fulham to promotion via the play-offs in May and less than five months later is under mounting pressure, with Fulham's former captain and current first-team coach Scott Parker linked with the manager's post should, as some expect, Jokanovic be sacked during the global break which follows Sunday's visit to Liverpool. They caused City problems and are a really skilled team. I can imagine how they feel in the moment.

"You will never score a goal against a team like Fulham if you go to win the game with the wrong attitude, and think about scoring, scoring, scoring".


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