Georginio Wijnaldum believes Liverpool will have to make sure they are switched on from the off as they return to domestic action after their midweek Champions League high in Germany.
The 3-1 win over Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena was rightly hailed as an impressive performance but with the quest to end a 29-year wait for the Premier League title still ongoing, there is no time to bask in the glow of making another European quarter-final, where they face Porto.
Liverpool spared international break issues with Sadio Mane and long-distance travellers
In fact, Wijnaldum believes Sunday’s opponents Fulham, second-bottom of the table, may present an even more difficult proposition than five-time European champions Bayern.
Jurgen Klopp’s side capitalised from their Bundesliga opponents, behind on away goals, having to chase a second with the score at 1-1 and leaving gaps to exploit.
“They are struggling, fighting to survive and that is always difficult to play against, those teams.
Liverpool go into the game boosted by their impressive display in Germany and no one is flying higher than forward Sadio Mane, with Klopp here beaming over the player’s form and also offering a staunch defence of Mohamed Salah’s apparent struggles in front of goal.
His goals beat Bayern but the modest Senegalese does not care who scores as long as his side win at Fulham today
Sadio Mane smiled as he walked off, saying he liked the question. He left with Bayern Munich, with Manuel Neuer, charred by the electric storms he had wreaked around the Allianz Arena. Watching Mane in Wednesdays great Champions League night for Liverpool evoked Moustapha Kambaye, an early coach in the backwater Sedhiou region of Senegal. It was fire and flames! Kambaye said of an adolescent Manes transformative effect upon his team.
But craning to listen to Mane in the mixed zone had fitted with another description from his younger days. According to Manes headmaster in the village of Bambali, it was only on the pitch he expressed himself fully and otherwise you could easily miss him…hes a young man who can pass unnoticed and shy.