Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is hoping that a change of scenery will help his team shake off their poor Premier League form, which has jeopardized their chances of finishing in the top four.
Fulham’s sixth straight league defeat at home, their latest setback coming on Sunday, has left the Reds without a place in the Champions League despite having made more appearances than the teams directly above them.
With a 2-0 advantage, they will play again in Budapest on Wednesday in the “home” second leg of their Champions League round of 16 ties against RB Leipzig.
Due to coronavirus travel restrictions, Klopp’s team may not be able to play at Anfield, which could be a relief after their recent poor form.
“If we transfer, which is not guaranteed it may offer confidence,” the German manager said.
“After that, we have the Wolves, which is a tough match, and then we have a couple of weeks off due to the international break and other stuff. We have to make the most of this moment, and we have to hope that all of the boys who are going to their national teams will return well, as they always do. Then there are nine or ten games left, with 27 or 30 points on the line, so there is a lot to do, and we will try.”
Following their return from long-term injuries, Diogo Jota and Fabinho are expected to start against Leipzig, but Klopp believes his side won’t be able to regain the swagger they had in the previous two seasons until everyone is healthy.