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Published: 11:13 | 9/11/18

Klopp wary of Fulham challenge

Jurgen Klopp is not expecting an easy game when Fulham visit Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday.

While Liverpool are just two points off Premier League leaders Manchester City, Sunday's opponents are rooted to the bottom of the table with just one win from their first 11 matches.

Few will be expecting the Cottagers to spring a surprise at Anfield, but Klopp is predicting a difficult afternoon for his players.

"This is a really strange feeling for Fulham, I can imagine how they feel," Klopp told his pre-match press conference.

"Their football is good, things are good, they cause Manchester City problems in the Carabao Cup - it was good football. They are skilled offensively and then the end product is maybe not so good often enough.

"This game is a big challenge, this is a big challenge for all of us.

"If some of our fans go to Anfield and expect an easy game, please stay at home."

Captain Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita have recovered from their respective hamstring injuries and are available for selection.

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

"That’s then another thing to do, making decisions, who starts with who, stuff like that. It’s all about then fitness level, form, shape, whatever and then we will see.

"When Jordan is not available we always miss him. I would love to say Hendo would have changed the whole game [versus Red Star Belgrade], but I am not really sure about it, the whole game was kind of strange and not us or whatever and the game before was Arsenal.

"That was actually an absolutely OK game but we only have to admit, and maybe a few people were surprised, that Arsenal are a good football team.

"They caused us problems, we caused them problems. We were 1-0 up, we had big chances, didn’t score and so it was 1-1, that’s all. But [that was] nothing to do with players in or out, it was just like it was."

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