Liverpool prepare to make the trip to Craven Cottage to face a struggling Fulham who haven’t won a game since January. The Reds will be looking to do the double over the Cottagers following a convincing 2-0 win at Anfield earlier this season.
Reds skipper Jordan Henderson will miss the game due to an ankle injury that was picked up in Munich. Naby Keïta is a slight doubt for the game with Jürgen Klopp saying: “We’ll have to see if he stays positive”.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez remain out of contention but both could be returning after the international break.
Fulham have a fully fit squad with André Schürrle seemingly returning from his virus which saw him miss Fulham’s game against Leicester City.
The Reds have dropped four points out of their last 15 – drawing away to rivals Manchester United and Everton. With Mohamed Salah having an impressive record against teams outside of the top six, this could be the perfect game for the Egyptian to rediscover his goal-scoring ways.
Klopp has said: “I know what the people expect. It’s a very important game to us, Fulham have had a difficult season but since Scott [Parker] has come in you can see the change.”
With Fulham not winning any of their last five games, they would need an inspired turnaround to take points away from Liverpool. Scott Parker, the interim manager is yet to gain any points under his reign at Craven Cottage.
However, Parker has stated: “I believe we can stay up. We’re at home on Sunday, so I’d like to think we’ll give the fans something.”
The Cottagers should not be underestimated by Liverpool on Sunday.
Rico; Odoi, Ream, Nordtveit, Bryan; Sessegnon, Chambers, McDonald, Cairnery; Babel, Mitrovic.
This same team only lost to Chelsea by one goal, a valiant effort. With Fulham’s main man Aleksandar Mitrović scoring ten times in the Premier League this season, Fulham could surprise many.
Alisson; Robertson, van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold; Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Lallana; Mané, Firmino, Salah.
I expect an unchanged line-up from Liverpool’s 4-2 win against Burnley. If it wasn’t for Adam Lallana’s Man of the Match performance, I would’ve tipped Xherdan Shaqiri to start.
The Englishman’s previous performance keeps him in the starting eleven.
Liverpool should win this game to overtake Manchester City and gain a two point gap at the top of the table. With City not playing their game in hand until 24 April against Man Utd, it would be a brilliant chance to regain first position.