Jurgen Klopp has called on his Liverpool side to be “completely focused” on Fulham rather than thinking about the Premier League table.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has urged his side to “stay in the mood” and maintain their Premier League title challenge with a win at Fulham on Sunday (Fulham 12/1, Liverpool 1/4, draw 11/2 – Match Betting).
The Reds are a point behind leaders Manchester City in the title race but can move back to the top with a win at Craven Cottage this weekend as Pep Guardiola’s side are in FA Cup quarter-final action instead.
There is a feel-good factor around Liverpool again after last week’s 4-2 win over Burnley kept the pressure on City, while they followed that result up with a convincing Champions League victory over Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
The 3-1 Allianz Arena success was one of the most impressive away victories in Europe since Klopp took charge and means they head to Fulham this weekend in great shape.
Klopp knows everyone will be expecting his side to see off the Londoners, who are staring at relegation as they sit second-bottom in the table, 13 points from safety, but he is still braced for a tough test.
He said in his press conference: “I know my boys now three-and-a-half years and I would say it is tricky in itself because it’s Fulham. I know what you probably expect but we know about that and it’s nothing to do with the Champions League game on Wednesday. It is just a very important game for us.
“We don’t think about the situation in the table or whatever, we are only focused on our situation. But we know how difficult it is.”
The win in Germany will have reverberated throughout Europe as Liverpool stayed on course in the Champions League and Klopp’s side could yet end the season with two trophies (Liverpool 12/1 – Premier League/Champions League double) as they chase continental and domestic glory.
However, the Reds boss is, as ever, only focused on the next game although he wants to ensure they take their midweek form with them when they travel to Craven Cottage.
He added: “So now let’s be completely, completely concentrated on Fulham and don’t think about what happens afterwards or whatever. Just play that game, stay in the same mood like we always were: confident, aggressive, direct, all that you need in a football game.
“Stay in that mood and everything will be fine.”
Liverpool will be without skipper Jordan Henderson on Sunday after he suffered an ankle injury against Bayern, but fellow midfielder Naby Keita could return after a minor knock kept him out of Wednesday’s win.
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