Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool judged for not winning like Manchester City

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool judged for not winning like Manchester City

'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.

We talk so much about the importance of being hard to beat, though, and you get the sense that this is something Klopp has instilled into the players over the summer at the expense of nearly anything else. We have to react in the right way.

"In general, the shape is good of the team", he said.

If you're not yet a subscriber, you can choose from the wide range of packages we offer and get set up with BT Sport in just 15 minutes. He made four changes from the team that beat Red Star 4-0 at home - not all by choice - and some of the second-string players did not perform well.

"Against Leicester, we scored an "own goal" if you want and that kept the game open".

While Klopp admitted his players were below-par on Tuesday night in Serbia, he said: "A lot of things are better than at the same time previous year".

Last season, the thing that killed the Reds over the course of the season was their lack of ability to grind out victories when they weren't at their best.

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic: "Liverpool are coming from a defeat and are hurt, we are hurt more than Liverpool and they will show some different imagination than the last game". Arsenal before that was an absolutely okay game. "We're not at our best level and must be more solid, more aggressive". "But we have to enjoy our football as well exactly in the moment because it was, so far, pretty successful".

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. That's why I don't do it (talk to the players) directly after a game.

"I would really be an idiot", he said. If I'm angry it doesn't help. I am working for them so they can do this and be available for this kind of situation. They are professional. I do not defend a corner. The football is good, a lot of things are really good, they caused City problems in the Carabao Cup.

'I think if anyone is to blame it's Van Dijk.

"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".

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.

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