Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Liverpool’s football suffering from comparisons to last season, says Klopp

Liverpool’s football suffering from comparisons to last season, says Klopp

"It's a very positive situation", the manager, whose side face struggling Fulham on Sunday, told a news conference on Friday.

Liverpool have conceded more than once in the first half of a Champions League match for the first time since October 2014 (3-0 loss to Real Madrid). We feel it, really.

"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".

"We were not surprised [by their approach]". It's a big gap. "We will go for the other games, 100 percent".

The club record signing appears to be going through his first dip in form since his £75m move to Liverpool FC from Southampton in the January transfer window.

"We have to make sure in Paris that we do better".

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"On Tuesday (it) was a massive knock that wasn't expected".

The result left Liverpool facing a tricky path to the knockout stage, although they still has its fate in their own hands.

"In general, the shape is good of the team", he said.

But despite their position among the leading title contenders, Liverpool have endured criticism of late after some erratic displays both domestically and in the Champions League. 'It feels like this season can only be a success if we become champions, when our competitors are the champion of last year and the champion of two years ago'.

Klopp added: "It's good to have them back and it's probably the first time that all midfield players, apart from Ox, are available".

"You can not compare. We have to do it by ourselves". That's not cool in a game like this, in an atmosphere like this, in situation like this, if you have to play your best football in a kind of negative mood.

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"The boys look much more mature".

"(Huddersfield) were always more strong than us; the effort wasn't strong enough.

Liverpool were the second-highest scorers in the top-flight in 2017-18 with 84 goals behind City's 106, and Klopp said that the comparison to last season may be contributing to dampened spirits at Anfield.

Said the 24-year-old Pavkov: "I said earlier that I'd like to score against Liverpool and it came true".

"I think they will lose for a seventh successive game on Sunday". You ask whether they are the same as previous year.

Liverpool have been portrayed as the main challengers to Pep Guardiola's excellent City side, but Lawrenson, who played 356 games for the Merseyside club, believes they're not worth their billing.

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