Fulham vs Liverpool: Match Preview

Nine games left to go, it really is squeaky bum time.

WHEN: Sunday, March 17, 14:15 (GMT)

WHERE: Craven Cottage

Liverpool come into Sunday’s match with Fulham on the back of three consecutive league draws away from home and will be looking to return to winning ways to keep the pressure on Manchester City in the title race.

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Fulham, however, have conceded at least two goals in all of their last 10 games. Confounded by the fact that Liverpool have scored at least two goals in the last five meetings between the sides.

Fulham are also on a run of six straight defeats in the Premier League.

Team News

Jurgen Klopp is expected to bring in a few changes from the impressive win over Bayern Munich.

Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both remain out as the only two long-term injuries. Although, Gomez should be returning after the international break.

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Klopp also ruled out Jordan Henderson from the game. His injury, sustained in the early stages in Munich is “serious enough to rule him out for the weekend.”

The Liverpool boss continued, “hopefully the international break will be long enough to see him back”

Naby Keita could miss another game, Klopp saying “We’ll have to see.” The Guinean missed out in mid-week as Liverpool progressed in the Champions League.

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Injuries to both Henderson and Keita should see Adam Lallana retain his starting position from last weekend.

This could also be the game that sees Dejan Lovren return to the starting line-up despite an impressive performance from Joel Matip.

Andre Schurrle, Marcus Bettinelli and Alfie Mawson have all been ruled out by new Fulham manager, Scott Parker.

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Jean Michael Seri hasn’t played either of Parker’s two games in charge so may again miss out.

Ryan Babel will probably start in his first game against Liverpool since leaving Anfield in 2011.

Predicted Lineups

Liverpool: Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson; Adam Lallana, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum; Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah.

Fulham: Sergi Rico, Denis Odoi, Havard Nordtviet, Tim Ream, Joe Bryan; Callum Chambers, Jean Michael Seri, Ryan Babel, Tom Cairney, Ryan Sessegnon; Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Form

Liverpool (DWDWDW)

The Reds have had mixed fortune lately, with a few poor performances away from home leading to some dropped points.

Liverpool have drawn against Manchester United, Everton and West Ham. Wins coming against Watford, Burnley and Bournemouth. All three in rather convincing fashion.

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Liverpool will be hoping to do better over the next six games to keep their title bid on track.

Fulham (LLLLLL)

Six losses in six pretty much tells the exact story of Fulham’s season.

Despite investing over £100million into new players in the summer just gone, Fulham have massively disappointed their fans with dire performances.

Leicester, Crystal Palace, Manchester United, Chelsea, West Ham and Southampton have all beaten Fulham in recent weeks, putting them firmly in a relegation dogfight.

What to expect

Fulham will likely come into the game under the mindset to “not lose.” The London-based side will be looking to get any sort of good result to provide them the momentum they need for the rest of the season.

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Liverpool know that they need to win to keep pressure on City, being one point behind the league leaders at the start of play this weekend.

Liverpool will almost certainly dominate the large part of the game. Possession will be firmly in favour of the Reds.

That being said, Fulham do possess the ability to catch a team on the break and Aleksandar Mitrovic is always dangerous in and around the box.

Liverpool have only lost one of their last six games against Fulham, winning all of the other five, with an aggregate score of 15-3.

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The reverse fixture this season ending 2-0 at Anfield, Mohamed Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri scoring the goals to Liverpool win comfortably.

Prediction

Both sides need to win but with Liverpool’s motivation being that long-awaited Premier League title, the Reds should take the win here.

A massive gap in quality between the sides should be evident with a big win on the cards for Liverpool, especially if they can get any sort of attacking cohesion together on the day.

It will be a big game for Adam Lallana to see if he can continue to add to the midfield in a creative way and Sadio Mane will be expected to continue his hot-streak.

Considering all of that, we’re going for a 1-4 win to Liverpool.

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