As disappointing as Liverpool's midweek loss to Red Star was, it still needs to be put into context.
After all, the Champions League destiny itself remains in the hand, and if they win at home against Fulham on Sunday, they would at least a few hours to return to the top of the Premier League.
However, little positive results are expected for the weekend this weekend, Fulham.
The winners of last season's championship play-off championships are at an all-time low following the loss of their last five league games, and as many of their summer contracts were unsuccessful, pressure has been put on coach Slavisa Jokanovic.
To get a glimpse of the cottagers and why things went so wrong, we talked to Ryan O & # 39; Donovan, who runs the club for the Football.London website.
You can listen to our entire chat with Ryan in our latest podcast from Liverpool FC, which also includes our own Paul Gorst, the Blood Red channel, and the following:
But here are some of the highlights.
Hello Ryan. Before Fulham's last trip to Merseyside to face Everton in September, they had a solid season opener. But it seems the wheels have fallen off ever since. What went wrong?
First, having Tom Cairney was not so important. He's the one who fills Fulham.
When he played Everton, he was in the game for about 20 minutes, and it looked like he was recovering from an injury, but only recently when they played Bournemouth did they get him back. He is the one through whom everything goes.
On the other hand, it does not look like the team is playing for each other. Some players came out and said that there is no fight – some have actually smashed their own teammates.
Slavisa Jokanovic has a message ahead of Liverpool's clash …
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In particular, Tim Ream came out saying that some of his teammates do not seem to want it. That's never a good sign. And Jokanovic does not do what he did after losing to Huddersfield on Monday night when he beat the players as well. It is not good.
There seem to be things in the locker room, they are not playing well, they are not defending well, so they have all the conditions for a pretty bad season.
How much pressure is Jokanovic exposed? There were rumors and reports about his job …
If you are in a series of six defeats (in all competitions) and are in last place in the Premier League, you will be under pressure.
But the khans, the owners, came out and supported him. This game against Liverpool will not determine Jokanovic's future, because no one expects them to go to Anfield and win – before the season, this was not the kind of game their season should be measured.
It's the games against Huddersfield, Cardiff and Southampton they had after the international break.
I think when I go into this game, I think his job is safe for the moment. But if they really lose at Anfield, then against Southampton, then I'm worried about his future.
Fulham made 12 new signings this summer, and from the outside it looks like they did not work …
In the last season and in the previous season, the only thing about the players was that they were a really close group. They were close. But they seem to have lost the team spirit that went through them last season.
Last season they had played 23 games without defeat, and you do not do so without a really, really good team spirit, and the fact that other players are about to hit other players speaks volumes.
One of the summer signings was Jean Michael Seri, who was linked to Liverpool and several other major clubs before his arrival in Fulham, which was called a true coup. How did he play?
In the first games he looked like a player in the Champions League and you thought, "Fulham will make a good money in the future". In fact, you would probably say that he would play a season for Fulham before moving to a bigger club.
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But since then we have not seen anything we consider Seri.
He can easily shake off the ball, he does not let things happen and he looks a bit lost out there. At the beginning of the season, he looked a brilliant player; he looked right.
Since then, his performances on Monday night in Huddersfield have gone downhill only very gradually that the game was over. He looked like a little kid out there.
I do not know what went wrong, but he's not the player we all considered Fulham.