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Lowly Fulham offer Liverpool chance to usurp Man City

AFP  |  London 

Fresh from a momentous night, can continue their feel-good factor into the international break by retaking top spot in the from Manchester City at Championship-bound Fulham on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp's men delighted their with a 3-1 win at on Wednesday and will be heavy favourites to make the semi-finals of the for the second straight season after drawing in the quarters on Friday.

But the Reds' immediate focus must be on to keep their challenge for a first league title in 29 years on track.

trail the champions by a single point with just eight games remaining, but with City in action at this weekend, they can put the pressure back on Pep Guardiola's side and take a psychological boost into the two-week break before the title battle resumes.

"That we can beat Bayern, about how we did it, I'm not surprised but I'm really happy we could prove something like that," said Klopp, who will have taken extra glee at beating the Bavarians as a former Borussia Dortmund

"So now let's be completely, completely concentrated on Fulham and don't think about what happens afterwards."

Along with the ever-impressive Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool's star performer in was as the Senegalese scored twice to take his tally to 10 goals in his last 10 games.

Mane's fine form has come just at the right time as top-scorer has just one goal in his last nine matches and two in his last eight.

"It is good that we split the goals a little bit, absolutely it's good. We have 73 points and each goal we scored brought us there," added Klopp.

Mane's first goal to open the scoring at the in midweek was outstanding as he controlled a long searching pass from Van Dijk in one touch before rounding and confidently dinking the ball over two covering defenders into an unguarded net.

"For Sadio it is different, thank God," said Klopp on his contrasting form to Salah and Firmino.

"The first goal that Sadio scored in Munich, probably if you have not scored for five or six games, then you will not score that goal.

"At the end everybody criticised Neuer, but it was just world-class from Sadio."


- Championship beckons for Fulham -

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Fulham have very different priorities at the other end of the table as they try to pull off a great escape from relegation.

After sacking two managers already this season, Scott Parker's first two games in charge against and have also ended in defeat to leave the Cottagers 13 points adrift of safety.

However, Parker believes his side can cause a major upset and deliver an huge blow to Liverpool's title challenge.

"Hopefully we'll have an influence on the title race," he said. "We've got some very good footballers at the club and we need to start getting the best out of them.

"They have a chance at the weekend in front of the cameras to prove how good they are.

"If we play the way we want to play, we can cause an upset and we can get points.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 09:40 IST
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