Or maybe dreamers is a better word than optimists.
Still, victory for Liverpool tonight away to Fulham, who boast a strong home record this season, would continue the Reds’ surge of form and keep us on Man City’s heels, pursuing any monumental disaster by our friends from up the M62.
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Man City would have to not win one of their last three games, lose at least one, Liverpool win their remaining three games, and then there’s still the matter of goal difference coming into it. So let’s get on with tonight’s team news…
Liverpool’s injury list is still very long, with Daniel Agger, Martin Kelly and Steven Gerrard ruled out and Fabio Aurelio and Milan Jovanovic are also carrying problems.
But the Reds have picked up form well without some of their stars in recent weeks, and striker Andy Carroll could start tonight after recovering from his latest setback.
Jamie Carragher will make his 666th appearance for Liverpool tonight to put him second in the club’s all-time appearances list.
Fulham are without winger Damien Duff, who will miss the rest of the season, but do expect to welcome back Clint Dempsey and Brede Hangeland from a hamstring strain and illness respectively.
This fixture last season saw Fulham, lead by Roy Hodgson, run out 3-1 winners in dark days for the Reds and Rafa Benitez.
But Liverpool are ten points ahead of the hosts in the league table and come off the back of two impressive victories over Birmingham City and Newcastle with no fewer than eight goals scored between them.
Fulham are in fine form too, with two successive 3-0 victories; at home to Bolton and away to Sunderland.
Liverpool fans heading down to the game can delight in a glimpse of Fulham’s infamous Michael Jackson statue, recently unveiled outside the ground. Shamone!
How BAD do Liverpool need to win tonight? Will Dirk Kuyt be a SMOOTH CRIMINAL? Will it be a Premier League THRILLER? Kenny says just BEAT IT.
Kick-off at Craven Cottage is 8pm and the game is live on Sky Sports 1. The game’s vital statistics are below…
Thanks to kickoff.co.uk.