Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool's development is still at an early stage

Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool's development is still at an early stage

They looked on course to do exactly that when Sadio Mane put the Reds in front in the first-half.

The 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in Kiev last May was something of a freak result as Jurgen Klopp's side were the better team until Mohamed Salah was forced off with a shoulder injury suffered during a tangle with Sergio Ramos.

"We probably took more positives from previous year than negatives but it's a bitter pill to swallow when you lose the final of the Champions League and the way we went down".

The win pushed Liverpool two points ahead of Manchester City, who now have a game in hand after playing an FA Cup quarter-final tie this weekend, at the top of the Premier League.

"I don't think we think about that too much at this moment in time but it is a memory that never goes away too quickly".

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Fulham look destined for relegation this season as they are in 19th place on the standings and 13 points adrift of safety.

"Listen, I have loved every minute of my time at Liverpool but to have not won something when we have given ourselves opportunities is hard to take at this moment". It's going to be tough because Manchester City are fantastic and the Champions League is very tough like we know, so we'll see.

The 26-year-old has been particularly aided by his understanding with fellow Liverpool forwards Salah and Roberto Firmino, with the trio creating a devastating attack in the last two seasons. It's hard for other teams to beat us so that means we have a chance to win it.

Klopp will be hoping his striker can maintain that form for a run of three tricky matches for Liverpool after the global break. "We go for perfection but it is rare that you get it". "We will take it game by game". Mistakes happen in football and, obviously, a couple of things happen but it is what it is and we go again. The team has lost six consecutive Premier League games with its last win January 29 against Brighton.

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