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Fulham Boss Channels Inner-Steven Gerrard With Decimation Of 'Childish' Players

Fulham Boss Channels Inner-Steven Gerrard With Decimation Of 'Childish' Players

With the weight of 19 Premier League teams upon him, Fulham's Slavisa Jokanovic channeled his inner-Steven Gerrard for this weekend's pre-match press conference.

Suitably enough, it is Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool that Fulham have to contend with early on Sunday afternoon - not that Jokanovic is necessarily concerned.

Having impressively made their way into the Premier League at the expense of Aston Villa in last season's Championship play-off final, the London club quite simply haven't taken to life in the top flight.

After 11 games, Fulham have amassed only 5; a derisory total that retains some semblance of usage thanks to the equally paltry returns Huddersfield, Newcastle United and Southampton have managed.

Trying to identify what was the matter with his under-performing side, Jokanovic indicated that he is now beyond the point of introspective thought.

"[The players] need to change the body language. They are professional," Jokanovic argued.

Moving toward an approach recently adopted by Steven Gerrard at Rangers, it wasn't long before the Fulham coach started dealing with the specifics.

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"I don’t defend a corner, I don’t press any players. I don’t run into the space. I am working for them so they can do this and be available for this kind of situation.

“After the Huddersfield game, I told them, ‘Listen, I am great, I’m a fantastic coach.’ I did a fantastic job with my staff and the analysts because everything we expected, we found it during the game.

Crucially, Jokanovic claimed that his players simply "are not showing enough effort or ambition and we must change this."

In startling resemblance to Gerrard's most recent evisceration of his players, Jokanovic stated; "If we are confused, scared and play like kids, it’s not easy for any team."

Confident he is still the man to guide Fulham beyond this disastrous start, Jokanovic will have a job on his hands against Gerrard's old club Liverpool tomorrow.

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