Jurgen Klopp slaps Aleksandar Mitrovic after his brace denies Liverpool victory

Jurgen Klopp was seen giving Aleksandar Mitrovic a cheeky slap in the wake of Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Fulham.

The German boss, who was denied a win by a fantastic performance from the striker and newly-promoted side, walked up to him after the game, before giving the former Newcastle striker a light slap.

The Serbian scored both goals for Fulham at Craven Cottage. His first was a towering header from close range before he squeezed home a penalty that he was awarded following a foul from Virgil van Dijk. Liverpool responded with goals of their own via Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah.

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Last season, Mitrovic smashed the Championship goal record, netting 43 goals as Fulham won the league. But many have questioned whether he would be able to mirror a similar form – or anything near it – in the Premier League.

One wrote online: “That’s now 36 goal contributions in 77 90s for Aleksandar Mitrović in the Premier League. Superb record for a player who supposedly can’t do it in the top league.” Another said: “Mitrovic is what the PL should be about. Old school physical #9’s. None of this ‘false 9’ business.”

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A last one bemoaned not putting the attacker in his Fantasy Football, saying: “If Fulham didn't start with Liverpool this season I'd have considered Mitrovic in my FPL team. This is typical FPL. Nobody would have expected him to get a brace against Liverpool.”

Speaking to BT after the game, Klopp voiced his displeasure at the display from his side: “We got a point from a really bad game from my side so now it’s a question of ‘How can that happen?’

"The attitude was not right in the beginning and then we wanted to fight back but it wasn’t easy any more. The pitch was dry, stuff like this, we played really in their cards most of the time.

“The result is fine, I don’t think we deserved more than that but the performance was massively improvable.”

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