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Liverpool trip to Fulham 'even harder' than going to Bayern Munich, warns Georginio Wijnaldum

Title-chasing Liverpool are back in Premier League action on Sunday and can reclaim top spot with victory at the struggling London side

Georginio Wijnaldum, left, has warned that Liverpool face a tough task against 19th-placed Fulham on Sunday. Reuters
Georginio Wijnaldum, left, has warned that Liverpool face a tough task against 19th-placed Fulham on Sunday. Reuters

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has warned that Sunday's Premier League trip to struggling Fulham could be "even harder" than when they visited Bayern Munich in the Uefa Champions League.

Liverpool claimed a 3-1 win over Bayern on Wednesday to book their place in the Champions League quarter-finals, but with the league title still firmly up for grabs, there is no time to rest for Jurgen Klopp's team.

With leaders Manchester City in FA Cup quarter-final action this weekend, Liverpool have the chance to reclaim top spot by two points with a win at 19th-placed Fulham.

However, Wijnaldum believes that Fulham's perilous position and their determination to avoid relegation - albeit unlikely given the London side are 13 points from safety with eight games to go - makes them a dangerous proposition.

"I think it will be even harder at Fulham," the Dutch midfielder said. "They are struggling, fighting to survive and that is always difficult to play against, those teams.

"Fulham will make it as difficult as possible and we have to be focused."

Liverpool go into the game boosted by their impressive display in Germany and no one is flying higher than forward Sadio Mane. The Senegal international scored twice in Bavaria to take his tally to 10 goals in as many games.

His form has taken some of the pressure off Mohamed Salah, who is enduring his longest goalscoring drought - six matches - since arriving at the club in the summer of 2017.

But despite scoring just three over the same period, Klopp is satisfied with the Egypt international's performances and believes he has just been unlucky in front of goal.

"It is good that we split the goals, absolutely. We have 73 points: each goal we scored brought us there and from time to time it is clicking for one (player)," Klopp said.

"All the goals the boys score us are so important. Who scores is not too important but of course it helps if the boys are confident and know what they do.

"The first goal that Sadio scored in Munich, if he had not scored for five or six games he probably would not have scored but it was completely natural. At the end everyone criticised (Bayern goalkeeper Manuel) Neuer but it was just world-class from Sadio.

"He's in a good moment and hopefully it stays like this, that's the most important thing for us. The goals we have scored are important but not as important as the goals we will score until the end of the season."

Updated: March 16, 2019 03:51 PM

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