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Gini Wijnaldum wants to “shift focus quickly” as Robbo reflects on “well-earned point”

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There was an acknowledgement that Liverpool were far from their best in the 1-1 draw at Fulham as Jurgen Klopp‘s men started to shift their focus to the “big game” on Wednesday.

It was not pretty and it was far from a classic at Craven Cottage as the Reds paid for their sluggish start out of the blocks, ensuring they were unable to capitalise on results elsewhere.

While not a forgone conclusion, Liverpool were expected to add three points to their tally on Sunday and in doing so would have moved clear at the top of the table following Tottenham‘s misstep at Crystal Palace.

However, Klopp’s side were the ones on the back foot from the off and while Alisson proved instrumental on his return, Bobby Decordova-Reid hit truly for the hosts to take a deserved lead.

A semblance of control would start to creep back into Liverpool‘s play and they had enough chances in the second half to seal what would have been an undeserved victory, but they had to settle for a point thanks to Mohamed Salah‘s penalty conversion.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 13, 2020: Liverpool's Curtis Jones looks dejected after the FA Premier League match between Fulham FC and Liverpool FC at Craven Cottage. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There was no shirking away from the less than impressive performance for Jordan Henderson, with the captain conceding that while he didn’t know the reason for it, it was crucial to “learn” from the experience to make sure it “doesn’t happen again.”

The team now have just three days to prepare for Spurs’ visit and that means shifting gears swiftly:

“It wasn’t like us. It was all over really. I felt we were a little bit late to second balls, we weren’t winning headers and when you lose them individual battles it’s difficult.

“I don’t know what the reasoning behind that is but we’ve got to take that and make sure that doesn’t happen again going forward, learn from it and keep doing what we did after that.

“We could have come away with the three points in the end but we got punished for our start to the game. That was unlike us, so hopefully, it doesn’t happen again.

“Another big game comes quick around the corner. A big game for us and we need to recover well, get ready and prepare for that one.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 13, 2020: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp reacts during the FA Premier League match between Fulham FC and Liverpool FC at Craven Cottage. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The captain’s view was shared by his teammates as they addressed the result on social media after the final whistle, with disappointment and the need for a response made clear.

The full-back duo of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson did not hide from acknowledging it was a “below par” performance but the shot of fight was welcomed ahead of Wednesday:

And it is time to “move on” and “go again” for Neco Williams, Takumi Minamino and Roberto Firmino after just one point was added to the tally:

The game marked the return of Alisson and the No. 1 was delighted to “be back in action,” and he was made to work on his comeback as he once again showed his world-class ability to keep the Reds in the game:

And after an early spell which wasn’t “up to our standards” and led to an unwanted result, it is time to “shift focus quickly” for Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum for a top-of-the-table clash:

With a plethora of injuries to contend with amid a taxing schedule, it was never out of the realm of possibility that the Reds would struggle at Craven Cottage.

In saying that, it was a game they should’ve successfully navigated and now all eyes can firmly focus on the challenge ahead as Tottenham make their way to Anfield on Wednesday evening.


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