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Why Did Jurgen Klopp Tell Liverpool Fans To ''Get An Early Night On Saturday''?

The Reds' boss described losing to Red Star as 'a massive knock'
The Reds' boss described losing to Red Star as "a massive knock"

The Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said his side will attempt to put a “strange” performance in defeat to Belgrade midweek behind them when they take on Fulham on Sunday.

“We can do better, that’s always the case,” he told reporters at the club’s Melwood training base this morning. “We want to show a reaction.”

But the German sounded a cautious note about the risk of underestimating the toiling Cottagers, who sit at the foot of the table after losing to Huddersfield and whose manager Slaviša Jokanović’s job is seemingly in peril.

The scheduling of the game was described by the Reds’ boss as being another issue and has asked the people of Merseyside to leave off the lager over the weekend and be ready to get behind the team early Sunday.

“Please go to bed early on Saturday night and come to Anfield in your best shape,” he said, perhaps only half in jest.

Klopp also touched on the standards of performance that the champions Manchester City are setting, the style and substance of which, he feels, mean just winning doesn’t seem like enough to the pack chasing them for supremacy in English football.

“We are really ambitious and we want to take whatever we can get. We have 27pts,” he said. “We win a game and then we have to say sorry for not winning it in a City way, I get it.”

There was no mention of worth of the rumours circulating about the club’s owner, John W Henry of the Fenway Sports Group, has placed the club “quietly on the market” and begun a “passive sales process”.

It’s the New York Post that is the origin of the reports, which suggest that the club, which was purchased for £300m in 2010, could be snapped up by suitors for north of the £1.5bn mark.

Last August, there were reports that the Abu Dhabi-based Sheik Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nehayan was interested in buying the club for £2billion.

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