Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool judged for not winning like Manchester City

The Brain Behind The Brawn

The Brain Behind The Brawn

Van Dijk has transformed Liverpool's defence since his world-record move from Southampton and has been showered with praise for turning the Merseyside club into genuine Premier League title contenders.

Liverpool have equaled their best-ever points total through 11 Premier League matches, though the Reds are in third place - two points behind City and trailing Chelsea on goal difference. If this weekend's results align themselves in Liverpool's favour, the Reds could head into the November global break as table toppers.

Jordan Henderson has been cleared to feature against Fulham on Sunday in a boost to Liverpool's hopes of getting back to winning ways. Liverpool will be smarting after that loss and should show the inevitable reaction on Sunday. The Reds, who have scored the fourth-most goals in the league as of now will be keen to add a few more goals to the tally on Sunday. "The season so far, points-wise, the Premier League season, is really successful".

Fulham spent around £100m on 12 signings this summer but numerous new faces have struggled to impress.

Over 2.5 goals is the obvious pick at [1.29] with that mark exceeded in seven of Liverpool's 10 home games against teams outside the big six in 2018 and eight of Fulham's 11 league games having gone over 2.5. Instead, they will be focused on damage control and will try to ensure that even if they lose, they lose by the minimum number of goals.

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic: "Liverpool are coming from a defeat and are hurt, we are hurt more than Liverpool and they will show some different imagination than the last game".

Jokanovic dismissed "speculation" about his future but 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. The Cottagers are one of just three teams in the entire English League that are yet to keep a clean sheet (along with Macclesfield and Sheffield Wednesday).

Liverpool FC have only managed to win three of their last nine games in all competitions, although the Reds remain unbeaten in the Premier League despite their patchy form. If another team scores two goals in the last few minutes then you only see the result.

Mohamed Salah's fantastic goal contributions last time have raised the expectations so high that 8 Premier League goal contributions (5 scored, 3 assisted) in just 11 games seems to be less.

He remains under intense pressure after a defeat against fellow strugglers Huddersfield on Monday left them bottom of the Premier League.

Liverpool are expecting Joe Gomez to be fit to face Fuham this weekend, with all of Jordan Henderson, Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita pushing for a starting spot.

Roberto Firmino is expected to come back in to the side after being benched in midweek while Fabinho is also pushing for a recall in midfield.