Klopp buoyant despite Belgrade bruising
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.