Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool need title win for season to be a success

Jurgen Klopp chats with Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri as he's substituted

Jurgen Klopp chats with Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri as he's substituted

The scheduling of the game was described by the Reds' boss as being another issue and has asked the people of Merseyside to leave off the lager over the weekend and be ready to get behind the team early Sunday.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "The boys are very disappointed, I'm very disappointed and we have to do better".

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has conceded that his side have yet to hit their free-flowing heights of last season, but said they are still in a strong position ahead of Fulham's visit to Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday. It is not what we wanted and we will go for the other two games 100 per cent.

The standard top English teams are compared to now is that of Manchester City since Pep Guardiola's team's record-breaking Premier League points haul last season.

"We have really to admit for ourselves that a lot of things are better than previous year". The comparison with previous year, the free-flowing football in a few games, and Man City, Chelsea and few others play a very good season.

The Netherlands worldwide started alongside Joel Matip in the centre of Liverpool FC's defence for their fourth Champions League fixture of the season.

"On Tuesday (it) was a massive knock that wasn't expected".

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

"Our competitors are the champions of last year (Manchester City), the champions of two years ago (Chelsea), a more refreshed Arsenal and a more experienced Tottenham and Manchester United". For us it is not too important what happened previous year but for the people, and because of the squad and the signings, we have to use that and not the other way around.

"We don't want to lose football games and if it happens you always have to show a reaction. But our football so far (this season) has been pretty successful", he added.

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

Shaqiri told Liverpoolfc.com: "The process is going very well - I think you can see that also on the pitch".

"This is a really odd situation for Fulham, I can really imagine how they feel".

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