Jurgen Klopp defends Virgil van Dijk after criticism for Red Star display

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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.

Klopp's third-placed side have won eight of their 11 matches in an unbeaten opening to the league campaign.

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. This game is a big challenge for all of us.

Shaqiri, who has scored once and provided four assists in the Premier League this season, says he's loving life as a Red. The comparison with past year and the free-flowing football, and Man City, Chelsea and the others who are playing a very good season as well.

"It feels a bit like this season can only be a success if we become champions". The boys looked much more mature, but not in the last game. We go for everything but we have to build on our situation, to get better and more confident.

Liverpool blew group C of the UEFA champions league tournament open after losing 2-0 to Serbia Red Star Belgrade yesterday during their fourth group stage match at this year's edition of the elite competition.

That means Trent Alexander-Arnold should continue at right-back as he's expected to overcome a minor knock that forced him off in midweek while Andrew Robertson should once again start ahead of Alberto Moreno at left-back.

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Fulham made an encouraging start following promotion from the Championship but have slid to the foot of the table after a miserable run of five consecutive defeats.

But Klopp bristled at suggestions that Liverpool should thrash the west Londoners.

With a few players returning from injury, Klopp has a few more options at his disposal, but which team will he select for the game?

"I would really be an idiot", he said. The football is good, a lot of things are really good, they caused City problems in the Carabao Cup.

"You will never score a goal against a team like Fulham with the quality they have only because you go in the game with the wrong attitude and think about scoring, scoring, scoring or whatever".

"I do not say it is serious we lost two times, but of course we have to make sure that it will not happen again, otherwise it will be hard, because the next game is already an away game again, and then a tough home game". "It will not be, it's a tough job to do".