Fulham vs. Liverpool
Sunday, December 13, 2020 – 4.30pm (GMT)
Premier League (12)
Referee: Andre Marriner
The Reds were bordering on perfect in their 4-0 win over Wolves last weekend, in what was a statement performance in the title race.
That victory was followed up by Wednesday’s 1-1 draw away to Midtjylland, with VAR taking centre stage, rather than the display.
It is a return to league action on Sunday afternoon, with Liverpool strong favourites to prevail at Craven Cottage.
Fulham are currently hovering above the relegation zone in 17th, as Scott Parker continues to hone his craft as a manager.
Despite their struggles, there have been signs of improvements in recent weeks, especially a surprise 2-0 win away to much-fancied Leicester.
Winning this game takes precedence, and with only one win on the Reds’ travels from five games in the league this season, away results must improve.
A professional, convincing three points would be perfect this weekend, avoiding one of the shocks of the season in the process.
There are still a number of absentees, though.
In terms of team selection, Klopp may have one eye on Spurs, considering it is a bigger challenge – with all due respect to Fulham.
Mohamed Salah played all 90 minutes in midweek, which suggests he is most at risk of being on the substitutes’ bench out of the much-famed attacking quartet.
Josh Onomah and Jay Stansfield are missing for Fulham, but Parker could start the same team that lost 2-0 at Man City, having had a week off.
Possible Fulham XI: Areola; Aina, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Robinson; Reed, Zambo Anguissa, Lemina; Kamara, Lookman, Mitrovic
Last 5 away to Fulham (All Competitions)
Won 2-1 – March 2019 (Babel; Mane, Milner pen)
Won 3-2 – February 2014 (Toure OG, Richardson; Sturridge, Coutinho, Gerrard pen)
Won 3-1 – May 2013 (Berbatov; Sturridge x3)
Lost 1-0 – December 2011 (Dempsey)
Won 5-2 – May 2011 (Dembele, Sidwell; Maxi x3, Kuyt, Suarez)
Capacity: 19,359 (2,000 permitted)
Did You Know?
Liverpool have won all of their last six clashes with Fulham – three at home and three away.
The last meeting came at Craven Cottage in March 2019, when a priceless late penalty from Milner earned the Reds a vital 2-1 win in the title race.
Earlier in the 2018/19 season, goals from Salah and Shaqiri sealed a comfortable three points at Anfield.
Prior to that was the unforgettable 3-2 away win in 2013/14, with Steven Gerrard’s last-gasp spot-kick arguably even more dramatic than Milner’s, as Brendan Rodgers’ side started to believe title glory was possible.
A 3-1 away triumph in May 2013 was sandwiched in between back-to-back 4-0 home wins, completing the winning run.
Fulham – Last five results (all competitions)
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Speaking at Kirkby on Friday, Klopp stressed the importance of not overly looking ahead to the Spurs clash next week:
“I hope none of our players will think about Tottenham when we are in Fulham, to be honest.
“The situation is like it is at the top of the table everywhere, pretty much everywhere in the table, that there is not a lot of distance between. So we know that, I don’t have to tell the boys constantly.
“Fulham is a really good football-playing side, the performances they showed were not all rewarded with results, let me say it like this.
“But the fight for staying in the league is a tight one as well, so each point helps and they will go for everything.
“If we let them play, they will play; and the more we let them play, the more you have to defend; the more you have to defend, the more you have to run.”
TV & Liveblog Info
Fulham vs. Liverpool will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event, with coverage beginning at 4.15pm (GMT). Kickoff is at 4.30pm.
Chris Williams is in charge of This Is Anfield’s matchday live blog, keeping you up to date with all the action from 3.45pm onwards.