Klopp buoyant de­spite Bel­grade bruis­ing

Sport360 - - Premier League - By David Charlesworth ✉ ed­i­to­rial@sport360.com @char­lie_4444

Liver­pool man­ager Jurgen Klopp claims his side have a “won­der­ful per­spec­tive” as they look to bounce back from their Cham­pi­ons League up­set in mid­week.

The Reds have made their finest ever start to a Premier League sea­son – with eight wins and three draws in their open­ing 11 fix­tures – but have lost both of their matches away from home in Europe’s prin­ci­pal club com­pe­ti­tion.

De­feat at Red Star Bel­grade on Tues­day dented their hopes of pro­gres­sion to the knock­outs and Klopp is eye­ing a re­sponse in the re­turn to ac­tion against Fulham.

He wants them to re­spond in the same vein as they did to their de­feat at Napoli last month, af­ter which they claimed a cred­itable draw with ti­tle ri­vals Manch­ester City.

Klopp said: “We have a won­der­ful per­spec­tive, it’s all good.

“We had a bad game, we can’t ig­nore that, but we have the con­fi­dence from the games be­fore.

“Af­ter Naples we played City, didn’t we? That was a good game and the re­ac­tion was right. We don’t want to lose games, you al­ways have to show a re­ac­tion, that’s clear.

“I’m not in doubt about the re­ac­tion. We have 27 points (in the Premier League), con­ceded five goals, done a lot of good things.”

Liver­pool cap­tain Jor­dan Hen­der­son will be avail­able for the visit of bot­tom-of-the ta­ble Fulham.

The Eng­land mid­fielder has been ab­sent for the last four matches be­cause of a ham­string in­jury but Klopp does not feel his pres­ence would have al­tered the Merseysiders’ for­tunes in Ser­bia.

The Ger­man said: “When Jor­dan is not avail­able we al­ways miss him.

“I would love to say that Hendo would have changed the whole game but I’m not re­ally sure. The per­for­mance over the whole game was strange and not us.”

Philo­soph­i­cal: Jurgen Klopp.

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