Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned the Reds’ fans against any complacency when they face bottom placed Fulham in their Premier League clash at Anfield on Sunday.
The Reds suffered a 2-0 defeat away to Red Star Belgrade in matchday four of the UEFA Champions League and Klopp warns the club’s fans to be prepared for another tough game.
“This is a really strange feeling for Fulham, I can imagine how they feel,” Klopp said during his pre-match conference on Friday.
“Their football is good, things are good, they cause Manchester City problems in the Carabao Cup – it was good football. They are skilled offensively and then the end product is maybe not so good often enough.
“This game is a big challenge, this is a big challenge for all of us.
“If some of our fans go to Anfield and expect an easy game, please stay at home.”
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.”
“People seem to be saying this season will only be a success if we become champions.”
“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.”
Klopp reveals that Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Joe Gomez are all available for the game against Fulham.
“It’s good to have them back. It is probably the first time that all midfielder players, apart from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, have been available,” he said
He also hails Liverpool’s record signing, defender Virgil van Dijk.
“I am really happy with him. Virg knows that with his skills and quality he has a big responsibility, you have to be spot on every day. That is what everyone expects,” Klopp remarked.
“He has qualities like Joe [Gomez] has, like Dejan [Lovren] has, like Joel [Matip] has, so that is really good for us.”