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Liverpool v Fulham – Premier League Match Preview

Title challengers Liverpool look to maintain their unbeaten record at Anfield as they host Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Reds became the first Premier League team in 2023 to take points off Manchester City at the Etihad last time out, while Fulham snatched a late winner against Wolves.

Here’s all you need to know about this Sunday’s clash.

Liverpool v Fulham – Premier League Match Preview:

Form

Liverpool: DLWDW

Jurgen Klopp’s men currently sit third in the Premier League following a run of six games without defeat, two points behind leaders Arsenal.

A 1-1 draw at Manchester City saw Trent Alexander-Arnold score the equaliser with 10 minutes left on the clock, connecting sweetly with an effort from the edge of the area for his first goal of the season.

Mohamed Salah was the provider for the six-time Champions League winners once again. Only Kieran Trippier and Pedro Neto have more assists than the Egyptian’s five, alongside his 10 Premier League goals.

The Merseyside outfit have been unstoppable at Anfield this season and have conceded just twice in six league wins there, which gives them the best home defensive record in the league.

Goalkeeper Alisson has kept four clean sheets this campaign, but will miss the Fulham clash after pulling up in the dying embers at the Etihad. Caoimhin Kelleher will start in goal.

Diogo Jota has also been ruled out for a number of weeks, while Thiago Alcantara, Stefan Bajcetic and Andrew Robertson remain on the sidelines.

Fulham: DWLLW

Marco Silva’s men ended a run of four Premier League games without a win as Willian converted a stoppage time penalty to beat Wolves 3-2 at Craven Cottage last time out.

Alex Iwobi opened the scoring after seven minutes but Fulham were pegged back by a Matheus Cunha goal on 22 minutes, before Willian scored his first of two penalties in the game.

Gary O’Neil’s side hit back with a penalty of their own through Hwang Hee-chan to tie the game up at 2-2, before Willian stepped up from the spot to snatch all three points at the death.

The west London side have struggled for goals away from home in the Premier League and have only netted six in their seven games on the road. Only Sheffield United and Burnley have netted fewer away goals in the top flight this season.

Fulham will be boosted by the return of Joao Palhihna, who sat out a one game suspension against Wolves. The Portuguese midfielder has the most tackles in the Premier League this season with 52.

Adama Traore is out with a thigh issue and Issa Diop has an ankle injury, but the Cottagers have an otherwise clean bill of health ahead of their trip to Anfield.

Last Meeting

Liverpool 1-0 Fulham, May 3rd 2023

The two sides last met at the back end of last season. The Reds were finding form, but left themselves a mountain to climb if they were to qualify for the Champions League, while Fulham sat comfortably in mid-table.

The only goal of the game was scored by Mohamed Salah, who sunk a first half penalty to score for an eight consecutive home game, after Issa Diop fouled Darwin Nunez in the box.

Fulham made the game nervy at times, as the away side forced some good saves out of Alisson. Carlos Vinicius saw one effort saved, before Bobby De Cordova-Reid went close to equalising in the 94th minute.

The 2019/20 champions held out for a fifth successive Premier League win.

Predicted Lineups

Liverpool: Kelleher; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Mac Allister, Szoboszlai, Jones; Salah, Nunez, Diaz.

Fulham: Leno; Castagne, Bassey, Ream, Robinson; Palhinha, Cairney; Iwobi, Pereira, Willian; Jimenez.

Who is the referee?

Stuart Attwell.

Is Liverpool v Fulham on TV?

UK and Ireland: Not televised live in the UK and Ireland.

USA: Peacock.

What time is kick off?

Sunday 3rd December, 14:00pm GMT.

Odds

Liverpool – 1/4

Draw – 11/2

Fulham – 8/1

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