Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Fulham tomorrow, boss Jurgen Klopp expects it to be a ‘tough’ game for his side.
The Cottagers head into the new Premier League season after storming to the Championship title under Marco Silva last term.
Aleksander Mitrovic fired a whomping 43 goals in all competitions last term and will be eager to stamp his mark in the top flight.
Fulham have also delved into the transfer market to bring in goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Arsenal and defenders Kevin Mbabu and Shane Duffy from Wolfsburg and Brighton and Hove Albion respectively.
Further up the pitch, midfielder Joao Palhinha has arrived from Sporting Lisbon, attacking midfielder Andreas Pereira has signed permanently from Manchester United and winger Manor Solomon has joined from Shakhtar Donetsk.
‘Get all my respect’...
Klopp has delivered his verdict on the London club, as per Liverpool’s official club YouTube channel:
“Fulham is doing really well. They did extremely well last year. I met Marco at a manager’s meeting in London. Getting promoted by playing football is one of the hardest things to do in the Championship. They get all my respect. They are a really good team.
“Fabio (Carvalho) was an important part of their team, Harry (Wilson) is an important part of their team - I think he’s injured, so all these types of things are difficult.”
He added: “In the week before we play a team, or the days before, I read a little bit about them. I think they still have a few problems to solve in the transfer market
“I’m not sure, I think it’s the fourth time in a row we’ve played the champion of the last Championship season which is always full of confidence. Fulham will be tough, it will be a completely different game (from the Community Shield Final against Manchester City).”
In other Fulham news, they are reportedly trying to sign former Arsenal and Chelsea winger Willian.
They are ‘interested’ in luring the Brazilian back to England for one last hurrah, according to GOAL.