The teams have evolved; remember the line-ups tonight
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, van Dijk, Tsimikas, Henderson, Fabinho, Jones, Salah, Nunez, Diaz.
Subsidiaries: Gomez, Milner, Gakpo, Elliott, Jota, Robertson, Carvalho, Matip, Kelleher.
Fulham: Leno, Cedric, Adarabioyo, Diop, Antonee Robinson, Lukic, Joao Palhinha, Wilson, Cairney, Willian, Vinicius.
Subsidiaries: Rodak, Tete, Duffy, Reed, Kebano, Solomon, Reid, James, Harris.
Despite a disappointing campaign, Liverpool defended the Anfield fortress
One win – against Leeds United – for Liverpool at Anfield this season.
Fulham have been extremely successful this season
Even with their recent poor run of form – they have lost six of eight – they have not dropped to 10th place. Europe’s quality is deteriorating, but on 45 points they look like comfortable mid-table finishers.
Fulham’s manager, Marco Silva, on their opponents tonight
We have to be ready to play at Anfield, it’s always very difficult. It will be another big challenge for us.
As I said before the Man City game, all games are a challenge for us, and we like to accept the challenge. I think (Sunday) is the best example, and I think it really shows Fulham as a team this season.
It is not easy to start the game against the best side, one of the best in the world, and concede a penalty within the first or second minute of the game, when Mitro and Willian, two key players in our attacking line, are not there. , losing our captain in that game with a serious injury, and after the start of the second half, Andreas Pereira as well.
However, we were able to react as a team, equalize, make it very difficult for City, and show the resilience, character and personality of this group of players and our organisation.
I think we created different problems for them, and we want to show that (again).
Liverpool hot up
Jurgen Klopp speaks to Sky Sports
Our only chance to win [Champions League qualification] It is to win football games.
The final table of the year is always a reflection of the performances you put in during the year.
My concern is that we play the best football we can, that we keep the good things going and that the stuff that isn’t goes to waste.
Fulham hot up
He has been given until Friday to file an official response before the FA takes disciplinary action in the form of a suspension after the FA charged him with “inappropriate behaviour” for his post-match comments about the referee in Liverpool’s dramatic 4-3 win over Tottenham.
Team news: Darwin Nunez starts first of six games
Liverpool forward Darwin Nunez will make his first start in six games. It is one of three changes for Fulham’s visit.
With Diogo Jota struggling with a rib problem, the Uruguay international is recalled alongside Kostas Tsimikas and Jordan Henderson for Andrew Robertson and Harvey Elliott.
Fulham make five changes from the home win at Manchester City, with Cedric Soares, Issa Diop, Sasa Lukic, Tom Cairney and Willian coming in.
Vinicius in front for Fulham
Diaz and Nunez start
Preview: All eyes on the Rumpelstiltskins touchline
Good evening and welcome to live coverage of Liverpool v Fulham, fifth place take on 10th in the return game from the opening day which ended in a 2-2 draw which told us just how dangerous Fulham would be and how vulnerable Liverpool could be. Jürgen Klopp’s side start the game seven points behind Manchester United who also have a game in hand in fourth place but have been buoyed by their late revival in 2020-21 which has seen them reach the Champions League final at the 11th time.
Fulham won on their last visit to Merseyside 18 days ago, beating Everton 3-1 and won on their last visit to Anfield two years ago when Mario Lemina scored the winner in a 1-0 win. But they have suffered two blows with season-ending injuries to Tim Ream and Andreas Pereira and are without the suspended Aleksandar Mitrovic and the injured Layvin Kurzawa and Willian faces a late fitness test.
For Liverpool, Thiago Alcantara joins Stefan Bajcetic on the sidelines until the summer, Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino are training and could return in the final weeks of their time at the club and Sunday’s match-winner Diogo Jota 4-3 over Spurs. he took a knock on the knock he was already carrying and it is considered suspicious.
The eyes of most reporters will be more fixed on Klopp than his players, trying to gauge whether he is sincerely deviating from his ‘fourth official grill’ celebration and pleading for Paul Tierney’s impartiality after the FA being accused of inappropriate behaviour. “The whole thing shouldn’t have happened,” Klopp said on Tuesday. “He was out of emotion and anger in that moment. That’s why I celebrated the way I did. We won the game 4-3 in a great way and the only headlines I created and I regret that in really. It’s not necessary and not how it should be.”
However, he could be looking at a long touch ban, heavier than the two-game one Marco Silva received for losing the plot at Old Trafford, as it is Klopp’s second offense of the season… if the FA finds him guilty. Rob Bagchi