Be­come cham­pi­ons, says Klopp

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mis­er­able run of five con­sec­u­tive de­feats.

Klopp, though, bris­tled at sug­ges­tions Liver­pool can put their vis­i­tors to the sword.

He said: “I would be an id­iot if I talked about goal dif­fer­ence be­fore that game. This is a re­ally strange sit­u­a­tion for Ful­ham, I can imag­ine how they feel.

“Their foot­ball is good, a lot of things are re­ally good, they caused City a lot of prob­lems (in a 2-0 Carabao Cup de­feat).

“This game is a big chal­lenge for all of us. If some­body goes there and ex­pects an easy game then please stay at home. It will not be, it’s a tough job.”

Slav­isa Jokanovic, mean­while, has ac­cused his Ful­ham play­ers of lack­ing fight and ef­fort.

He re­mains un­der in­tense pres­sure af­ter their worst re­sult of a dis­ap­point­ing start to 201819 came in Mon­day’s 1-0 de­feat by Hud­der­s­field, since when club coach Scott Parker has been linked with his po­si­tion.

While Jokanovic dis­missed those re­ports as “spec­u­la­tion” he recog­nises his team need to vastly im­prove if they are to sur­vive, un­ex­pect­edly crit­i­cis­ing them and de­mand­ing they do not throw away in a mat­ter of months the Pre­mier League sta­tus that took years to se­cure.

“We chose an ugly way to lose the game,” he said. “You must be proud, com­pet­i­tive and fight at the last mo­ment.

“We are not show­ing this qual­ity or ef­fort, we must wake up and when we lose we must know how we lost; we can­not sell our skin so cheap.”

Shout­ing the odds: Jurgen Klopp has urged Liver­pool to keep fight­ing

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