Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool need title win for season to be a success

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool need title win for season to be a success

Slavisa Jokanovic, their manager, is the strong favourite to be the first Premier League manager to lose his job.

Even with a couple of whispers of mistakes in recent games for a couple of the goals, there is no competition for the starting role.

It appears as if Klopp has an nearly full-strength squad to choose from for this one.

Klopp said Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Joe Gomez were all available for selection on Sunday.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster are on the long-term injured list.

Marin had the first shot on target - a tame one from close range after 10 minutes - and Red Star enjoyed 56% of the possession before Pavkov gave them the lead. Henderson, Keita and Fabinho will all be pushing for starts, as will Xherdan Shaqiri.

Van Dijk has already had three different centre-half partners this season after Jurgen Klopp has used Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren and Matip as his second central defender.

Daniel Sturridge failed to take his opportunity on Tuesday night as he missed a great chance to open the scoring at 0-0 and it proved to be a costly miss for the Merseysiders.

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Jokanovic will be well aware that Liverpool's players will be fired up to make amends. In the United States the game can be watched live on television on NBC Sports, kick-off 7am ET.

An improved defence has at times covered for struggles further afield with injuries and form preventing Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane from rekindling the spark of last season. At the same time, the spectacular football in each game didn't happen but it didn't happen previous year as well.

It was nearly a flawless evening for Red Star - who became the first Serbian team to win a Champions League group-stage game - but Filip Stojkovic was visibly frustrated as he was carted off the field with an injury in the second half.

Coming into the weekend, Fulham are one of just three teams yet to keep a clean sheet in English league football this season (along with Macclesfield and Sheffield Wednesday).

They are now tied with Napoli at the top of Group C on six points after four games, with matches against the Italian side and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) to come.

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.

"With new signings, it sounds like automatically you win the Champions League or the Premier League or whatever".

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