To be played on Saturday 9th November 2013 at 15:00. Venue: Anfield, Liverpool.
Odds: Liverpool 1/4, Draw 11/2, Fulham 14/1
Last season 4-0
Match Preview/Injury News
Both sides will be determined to bounce back from losses last weekend. Liverpool are now five points off the pace in the title race but if someone offered them 20 points from 10 games to start the season, it’s doubtful there will have been too many complaining in August. However, with a couple of sides around them playing tricky looking games this weekend, and a trickier looking fixture list for Liverpool coming up, they will have this marked as a must win.
Fulham on the other hand have the odds on favourite in the next manager to leave their post market. After consecutive defeats to Southampton and Manchester United, it doesn’t get any easier for Martin Jol’s men as they sit two points above the drop zone at this early stage in the season.
Steven Gerrard limped off the field at the Emirates Stadium last week with a hip injury whilst Glen Johnson is expected to reclaim his place back in the starting line-up after missing the defeat at the Emirates Stadium because of a freak illness which meant he had to spend a night in hospital. Philippe Coutinho could return to the starting line-up. Jose Enrique could also be in line for a return to the squad after recently struggling with a knee problem.
For Fulham Brede Haangeland missed last week’s defeat to Manchester United as he continues to struggle with a nerve problem in his leg and it is unclear whether he will make the Cottagers squad for the trip to Anfield.
Daniel Sturridge is Liverpool’s top scorer in the league this season with 8 goals
Darren Bent, Steve Sidwell and Pajtim Kasani are Fulham’s top scorers in the league this season with 2 goals each
Liverpool had 46% possession in their last match, a 2-0 loss away to Arsenal
Fulham had 47% possession in their last match, a 3-1 loss at home to Manchester United
Five players to watch
The little Brazilian was introduced in the second half against Arsenal after an injury lay-off, and the indications are that he will start against Fulham so it will be interesting to see what he will do from the start of a game.
He seems to be the one player that can produce something out of nothing for Fulham, they will need that surprise element to their game of some good quality if they are to come away from Anfield with a positive result.
He missed out against Arsenal because of a freak illness which meant he had to spend some time in hospital. Brendan Rodgers goes on about how much people don’t realise how much of an asset Johnson is to the team until he’s not there. With him in the side, he has the opportunity to show how vital he can be to the Reds.
With some question marks remaining over the fitness of Brede Hangeland, a lot of responsibility remains on the shoulders of Senderos to keep out Liverpool’s threatening strike force of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez.
In every game Liverpool have scored this season, he has managed to get himself on the scoresheet. The odds on the league’s joint leading scorer getting himself amongst the goals again must be incredibly short.
Last time they met
Fulham 1-3 Liverpool, Premier League May 2013
It didn’t really matter that much as the sides involved in the penultimate game of last season as Fulham were safe from the drop and Liverpool were certain to finish 7th by the close of play. Dimitar Berbatov headed home Sascha Reither’s cross before it became the Daniel Sturridge show. Sturridge managed to latch on to a hopeful looking ball from Andre Wisdom, before taking on Aaron Hughes and unleashing a powerful strike to bring Liverpool on terms. After the half-time break Sturridge put away an attempted shot from Philippe Coutinho, and then Coutinho put through a wonderful through ball which Sturridge managed to beat Schwarzer to to complete his hat-trick.