Manchester City form should not dim Liverpool assessment - Klopp

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino celebrates with his teammates after scoring his goal during the Uefa Champions League Group Stage football match n.3 LIVERPOOL- CRVENA ZVEZDA on 24/10/2018 at the Anfield Road in Liverpool England

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino celebrates with his teammates after scoring his goal during the Uefa Champions League Group Stage football match n.3 LIVERPOOL- CRVENA ZVEZDA on 24/10/2018 at the Anfield Road in Liverpool England

"We win a game then afterwards we have to say sorry that we did not win it in the City way so, whatever, I get that we have space for improvement but there's no reason for a negative view on it".

"We can do better, that's always the case".

Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Liverpool must bounce back from Tuesday's defeat to Red Star, and is hoping for positive reaction from his players when they face Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday.

"He has qualities like Joe [Gomez] has, like Dejan [Lovren] has, like Joel [Matip] has, so that is really good for us".

"It feels a bit like this season can only be a success if we become champions".

"The comparisons to last year's free-flowing football - and Man City, Chelsea, maybe a few others play a really good season as well so it should not be a surprise for us".

"But it doesn't really feel like that because there are two reasons in comparison with past 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".

Liverpool have struggled to find form this season, if not in the league results, certainly in their performances.

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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". Last game we chose an ugly way to lose. I don't make a big fuss about it, just like I don't celebrate a good performance for five days.

"I do not say it is serious we lost two times, but of course we have to make sure that it will not happen again, otherwise it will be hard".

He said: "It's not problem people compare [with last season] and ask if Mo Salah was in the same shape as last season".

"This is a really odd feeling for Fulham, I can imagine how they feel", Klopp said during his pre-match conference on Friday.

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.

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 worldwide break which follows Sunday's visit to Liverpool.

"I said Van Dijk was the best defender in the world at the moment [before the game]", Owen told BT Sport on Tuesday night.

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