Liverpool stars must take blame for Euro slump - Lallana

Liverpool's Sadio Mane kneels to pray as he celebrates scoring the fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and FK Crvena zvezda at Anfield

"But it doesn't really feel like that because of two reasons".

"We were not surprised [by their approach]. It's all about then fitness level, form shape whatever, then we will see". It's a big gap.

"We must work together and show people we are a team and must be available to go into battle and be courageous".

"On Tuesday (it) was a massive knock that wasn't expected".

With the festive period fast approaching, getting as close to a fully-fit squad as possible will be ideal for Klopp and Liverpool, and so all the names above will have the worldwide break to continue to recover too assuming that they're not called up. Both were in the Champions League, both were away, and we have to think about that before we play the next Champions League away game in a couple of weeks.

He accused his team of making life too easy for the Serbian champions in Belgrade and warned that a repeat of the woeful display in their final two Champions League Group C games will jeopardise their hopes of advancing to the knockout stage.

However, Klopp has backed Van Dijk by claiming that players like the Dutchman always come under the scanner for one average performance due to the lofty standards they have set for themselves.

"You can not compare. We have to do it by ourselves".

While Klopp admitted his players were below-par on Tuesday night in Serbia, he said: "A lot of things are better than at the same time a year ago".

"It was a game we lost and that happened not 20 times so far". The boys looked much more mature, but not in the last game.

Klopp was focused on recovering from the defeat, saying: "Tuesday wasn't the same game as the Saturday (against Arsenal), we all struggled".

"We won against a big club, and this is a first win in the Champions League for any club in this country, and this is why this generation can become equal to earlier generations and enter history".

Klopp insists he has "no problem" with the competition and says Liverpool will continue to "go for everything". "I am really, really happy with him [and] Virg knows that", Klopp said.

"This is a really odd situation for Fulham, I can really imagine how they feel". I'm not sure if other clubs are being talked about as well.

"This is a really unusual situation for Fulham". But I have no message at the moment.

Klopp then added: "The season so far point-wise is really successful but it doesn't feel like that - comparison with free-flowing football last season in a few games, and City and Chelsea playing a good season".

However, it would be preferable to avoid a nail-biting Anfield finale which would require them to beat the Serie A side by two goals to overturn their head-to-head record against Carlo Ancelotti's team.

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