Paul Merson admits Fulham could not have wished for a worse game than a clash away to Liverpool amid their recent struggles.
The Reds will look to keep pace with leaders Manchester City and extend their unbeaten start to 12 games when they host host the Premier League’s bottom club at Anfield on Sunday.
Slaviša Jokanović’s men have won just once so far this season and enter the matchup off the back of a five game losing streak in the league.
Last season’s Championship play-off final winners were plunged further into turmoil on Monday as they lost 1-0 to fellow relegation candidates Huddersfield.
Making his predictions for Sky Sports, Merson said: “If there was a round of Champions League games to follow this match Liverpool may have rested some players, but with this being the final game before the international break, they could run amok.”
“They started the season scoring and letting goals in for fun, then they shut up shop at the back and never looked like scoring.”
He added: “They’ve got to get that balance right sooner rather than later, but you couldn’t have asked for a worse game than a trip to Anfield.”
“This is the time where managers under pressure worry about the clubs using the two-week period to get someone else in.”
Klopp’s time in England will have taught him that no team can be taken for granted in this league, regardless of current form.
Though Fulham carry an obvious attacking threat of their own, Liverpool fans will view this weekend’s game as another opportunity for the Reds to rediscover the kind of explosiveness seen so often last season.