Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Liverpool must bounce back from Tuesday's defeat to Red Star, and is hoping for positive reaction from his players when they face Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday.
"The season so far, points-wise, the Premier League season, is really successful".
In their three Premier League games immediately following a Champions League fixture this season, Liverpool have scored exactly the same number of goals as they did in their European match (3 vs PSG/Southampton, 0 vs Napoli/Man City, 4 vs Red Star/Cardiff).
Klopp also pointed out that it is going to take something extra special for any other club to snatch the league title from Guardiola and co. If we had the same form two years ago people would say that's great but now we always compare to last season.
"We could have had more points but the boys have looked much more mature and all that stuff but not in the last game". First and foremost, we really have to admit to ourselves a lot of things are better than previous year.
'He has qualities like Joe [Gomez] has, like Dejan [Lovren] has, like Joel [Matip] has, so that is really good for us. For us it is not too important what happened past year but for the people, and because of the squad and the signings, we have to use that and not the other way around.
Liverpool's goal difference is now 12 worse than City's, but Klopp said he was not focusing on that ahead of the game against a Fulham team with the Premier League's worst defensive record.
"I do not say it is serious we lost two times, but of course we have to make sure that it will not happen again, otherwise it will be hard".
"People seem to be saying this season will only be a success if we become champions, but it is not like that".
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool can not think of goal difference as they will not underestimate Fulham.
"I am really happy with him".
"I'm not sure I can expect that, but it would help if you would watch a few Fulham games before you ask questions like this". Their football is good, they caused (Manchester) City a lot of problems. They are professional. I do not defend a corner.
"You will never score a goal against a team like Fulham if you go to win the game with the wrong attitude, and think about scoring, scoring, scoring".