• David Tyrer

Match Preview: Fulham vs Liverpool

Date & time: Sunday 17th March 2:15pm GMT

Where: Craven Cottage

What channel: Sky Sports Premier League

Referee: Craig Pawson


From the glamour of the Allianz Arena in world football's premier knockout competition, to the rustic confines of Craven Cottage. It couldn't be more of a contrast for Liverpool.


On any other day, it'd be just a run-of-the-mill Premier League match for the team. On Sunday though, it'll be another 'cup final'; a massive game from which Liverpool won't just be looking for 3 points, but to narrow the goal difference gap on Man City as well.


Not only that, but there's the small matter of the weird comments written in Fulham's last pre-match programme notes about the Reds.


Just to remind you what they said about our 'treatment' of their greatest ever manager (apparently), Hodgson: "He was given a frosty reception on his subsequent appointment at Liverpool, with fans being unmoved by his success with smaller provincial clubs like Inter Milan.


"Realising that Roy was not going to win the league immediately and angered by his failure to buy the world's best players, who would obviously jump at the chance to sign for the team that had dominated Europe a mere three decades earlier, fans quickly lost patience.


"Demonstrating the cool-headed pragmatism that has endeared them to the footballing public, the Liverpool faithful demanded Roy's replacement be an exciting young manager befitting the club's stature."


And if they hadn't already made a weird attempt at poking a rabid bear, they went on even further to say: "Setting the time circuits to 1991, the club's executives piled into the waiting DeLorean and floored it to '88, returning with a fresh-faced and energetic Kenny Dalglish, ready to usher in a new era of dominance spearheaded by future club legend Andy Carroll, a shrewd purchase at just £35m.


"Unfortunately, however, Alex Ferguson and Wayne Rooney recovered the time machine, went back to 1991, stole the Sports Almanac and brutally laid out Jan Molby at the 'Enchantment Under the Sea' dance.


"This left the club with no option but to drag present day Kenny out of the pub and into the dugout, skewing the timeline and culminating in an underwhelming eight-place finish and Kenny's departure (again)."


We're not sure about anybody else, but we won't be shedding any tears if Fulham are one of the sides to go down this season.


Injuries & Suspension

We're still without Joe Gomez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster, whilst Jordan Henderson will be out as well.


There are still some slight doubts surrounding the fitness of Naby Keita as well, but it looks promising that he'll be back in the squad for the match.


For Fulham, they'll be missing the talents of Alfie Mawson, while 'keeper Bettinelli is also out but that's hardly a big miss for them. Andre Schurrle is also a doubt.


Form

Fulham: L-L-L-L-L (all comps)

Liverpool: D-W-D-W-W (all comps)


Predicted line-up

With us not being in action again until 31st March after tomorrow, Klopp won't be too concerned with tiredness, although the international break will also factor into his selection.


The injury of Jordan Henderson will see a reshuffle in the midfield, whilst it's possible that we may see a slightly more attacking line-up than we did in the Champions League mid-week.


So we're going for a more attack-minded team against Fulham for tomorrow's match.


Predicted starting line-up: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Shaqiri, Mane, Salah and Firmino.



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