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Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool’s Slow Start Against Fulham & Joel Matip Injury

Liverpool missed the possibility to maneuver to the highest of the Premier League as they had been held to a 1-1 draw with a superb Fulham aspect at Craven Cottage on Sunday.

The Cottagers got here racing out of the gates and had been throughout Liverpool within the first half. They had been denied a penalty however did handle to open the scoring via Bobby Decordova-Reid halfway via the half, and it took a penalty from Mohamed Salah to salvage a degree for Jurgen Klopp’s aspect.

Here’s what Reds boss Klopp needed to say after the sport.

Fulham had been excellent early on | Pool/Getty Images

“I am not frustrated anymore about that [Liverpool’s start], but you are right: it took us half an hour to get going and that of course makes the game more difficult,” he said (via the club’s official website).

“It was the first time supporters were here for a long, long time and obviously [they] created an atmosphere. We helped Fulham a lot to create that atmosphere, actually. They obviously played differently to the way they usually play; a lot of direct balls, Loftus-Cheek second ball, high ball fight and these kind of things. A lot of free-kicks – I think there were a lot of set-pieces in the first half.

“That’s how it is. With the ball I didn’t like our game, but there was a lot of loud shouting from outside from all the coaches, so we could solve that a little bit in the first half – like for 15 minutes – but then half-time helped massively and the second half was much better.

“I think in the first half an hour we could have lost the game, in the last 60 minutes we should have won it. In the end we get a point and that’s it.”

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Klopp felt Fulham’s goal should have been disallowed because of a push from Antonee Robinson on Salah earlier in the move, but VAR chose not to punish the incident.

“It’s a clear foul, nothing else,” he said (via The Times). “Pushing gets an advantage and he [Robinson] can get the ball. If he doesn’t push Mo then it’s a different challenge and Mo gets the ball. Two hands. It’s normal contact, yes, but enough contact to gain an advantage. That’s a foul.”

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“You could see in one or two situations that he needs rhythm too, but in the key moments he was there. Sensational saves, obviously, but the goalkeeper on the other side had a pretty important job to do as well.”

Matip suffered a back spasm | Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Centre-back Joel Matip was taken off at half-time after suffering a back injury, with Jordan Henderson dropping into defence to join midfielder partner Fabinho at the back.

“Joel Matip has a spasm in his back. We will see. In the moment, nothing else. He got already treatment, will get treatment and we will see. I think there’s a chance for Wednesday. [It’s not that bad] in the moment, no.”

“We are not struggling with numbers in the centre-back positions. We have some, they are just getting younger and younger – [but] we still have centre-backs. Today we brought Hendo into that position.

“The situation is like it is; I actually hope Joel will be fine but I don’t know. Then we have to find a solution, that’s how a football season is.”

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