F Ulham's Slavic Jokanovic refuses to be "scared" of the prospect of today's trip to Liverpool – even in reports…
F Ulham’s Slavic Jokanovic refuses to be “scared” of the prospect of today’s trip to Liverpool – even in reports his job is at risk.
His struggling team visit Anfield where they must resist the Premier League Fulham’s open, attacking football-inspired promotion from last season’s Championship, but since then they have been exposed, contributing to the concession of 29 goals in 11 league games and the fact they are bottom of the league.
Scott Parker is in contention to replace him should he be sucked if their struggles continue, but against that backdrop and the prospect of facing Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, the 50-year -old Jokanovic has no intention of heading to Anfield to defend.
On Friday, he spoke of his players needing to show greater fight, and of Sunday’s fixture said: “I’m not a scared man. I’m not going two s tay in our box and wait for 0-0;
“I do not believe we are the best team to defend in the box. We must be organized, we must have a plan, and we must try.
“I know it’s not easy to play against a really fast counter-attack like their three front players, but we must look for our chance, be brave and show the mentality at the end, for fighting, for running med dem, for utfordring med dem, og for en chance for at vinne.
“Uten tvivl, jeg trenger flere (fra mine spillere), supporterne trenger mer, og klubben trenger mere, og det er det. Det er enkelt. “We need to be clever and find a balance about everything.”
We need to be clever and find a balance about everything. We are not at our best level and must be more solid, more aggressive. “
Red Star Belgrade, the fierce rivals of Partizan Belgrade, who Jokanovic supported and both played for and managed, unexpectedly defeated Liverpool 2-0 on Tuesday
“They show it’s possible, they push from all the sides, from the stands, from the field, and complete a good game,” he added.
“It’s a good example for the team.”