Liverpool latest: Including Fulham team news and Alderweireld

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Liverpool travel to Fulham tomorrow in their final away match of the season without the two players many regard as their talismans.

While Luis Suarez begins the third of a ten-match ban, captain Steven Gerrard will miss the rest of the season following shoulder surgery.

Fulham will be without the suspended Steve Sidwell, but can call on the services of both Sascha Riether and Mladen Petric after injury.

Liverpool fans will hope the Reds continue their fine goal-scoring form on their travels; only Manchester United have scored more away from home.

Whether we see the free-scoring Reds that dismantled Newcastle, or the misfiring ones that drew blanks against Everton, remains to be seen.

In further injury news, Gerrard is hoping to have fully recovered from his operation in time for pre-season training.

Having started all of the Reds’ 36 league games up to now, he has missed the chance to be an ever-present. But he accepts action was needed when a problem that had affected him for months suddenly worsened.

Speaking of his failure to appear in the final two league games he said, “It’s disappointing. But to be honest it’s not a very important personal achievement. What is more important is that I am fit and available for the team.”

That means that Gerrard and Jamie Carragher have played their last game together, with the 35-year-old defender retiring at the end of the season.

Former Liverpool boss Roy Evans has called Carragher one of a kind, and urged his former club not to look too hard for a replica of the Reds legend.

You replace him with somebody different,” Evans said, “because there isn’t another Jamie out there.”

Finally in transfer news, Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld has spoken of his interest in a possible move to Anfield.

Explaining that he would not leave for a club at which he would be used as “a 19th man”, the 24-year-old said, “I don’t want to spread rumours around the world, but for example Liverpool have the potential to go to the top.”

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