Predicted Liverpool XI to play Fulham - Johnson to return

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Match to be played on Saturday 9th November 2013 at 15:00. Venue: Anfield, Liverpool.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will be looking for a swift response from his side, following that defeat at Arsenal last weekend.

Liverpool are still in the hunt for the Premier League title, one of three points in the top four on 20 points with only Manchester City and Arsenal scoring more goals than them this season.

Brendan Rodgers is sweating over the fitness of key players Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson ahead of the match and he has to decide whether to get Philippe Coutinho into the team to start.

Here is the side he may go with against Fulham.

GK – Simon Mignolet

The young Belgian has been a very consistent player for Liverpool this season. He’s able to make top saves from different positions around his penalty area and has also shown a good command over the more experienced players in front of him.

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RCB – Kolo Toure

Toure has been a revelation for the club since he signed after leaving Manchester City. He adds that vital experience in the back four, which helps to keep the defence organised and everyone on their toes.

CB – Martin Skrtel

Skrtel should continue in central defence despite pressure from Daniel Agger and Mamadou Sakho for his position. He’s great when it comes to reading the game and he’ll be able to spot deep runs from Fulham’s forward thinking midfield players looking to catch the Liverpool defence off guard.

LCB - Mamadou Sakho

Sakho seems to have settled into life at Liverpool nicely. He won't be happy with his performance against Arsenal and should be determined to put in a solid display, not giving the Fulham attack a sniff.

RWB - Glen Johnson

Johnson should slot in on the right hand side. He'll be fresh after not playing against Arsenal and he's the perfect player to have going up and down the right. He'll drop off when Liverpool are under pressure and push forward to provide width in attack.

LWB - Aly Cissokho

Cissokho seems to gradually be developing and growing more acustomed to the pace of Premier League football. He should keep his place in the side ahead of Jose enrique and will be aiming for a solid all round performance in both defence and attack.

DM – Lucas

Lucas should continue in that role just in front of the Liverpool back three. He links up well with the defence and moves the ball on quickly to the more creative and attacking players in the team. He’s been one of the best holding players in the Premier League this season.

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CM – Steven Gerrard

Gerrard will have no problems sitting in the centre of midfield, pulling the strings throughout the game. He can control the pace of Liverpool’s play and he’s got plenty of experience when it comes to knowing when to drop off and when to press.

AM – Philippe Coutinho

Coutinho can drop into the role of the midfield who plays just in front of the sole striker or front two. He’s great at protecting the ball and feeding players who get into better positions around the pitch. He’s one of the big threats in this Liverpool side, able to create a chance out of nothing.

ST – Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge may start in a wider role but don’t expect him to stay there. He’ll drift and focus on holding a central position, making the most of that unique partnership he’s developed with Luis Suarez in attack. Sturridge is good enough to drop off from attack to link up with the midfield.

ST – Luis Suarez

Suarez has the ability to take this match away from Fulham very quickly. He’s great at making runs all across the opposition defence and he’s clever enough to know when to drop into that left position when Sturridge has pushed forward, leaving space in that area.

What do you think? Should Rodgers persist with three at the back?

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