Fulham vs. Liverpool
Premier League (1) | Craven Cottage
Saturday, August 6, 2022 | 12.30pm (BST)
It’s again! After a five-week pre-season, Liverpool return to Premier League motion this Saturday lunchtime.
The Reds kickstarted their marketing campaign with a formidable Group Protect victory towards Man Metropolis final weekend, and will likely be hoping for the same outcome at Craven Cottage.
Right here’s all the pieces it’s essential know earlier than Liverpool’s first league conflict of the season.
1. Right here we go once more!
That summer time completely flew by, didn’t it?
The ultimate match of the earlier marketing campaign was, after all, a disappointing one, with the Reds falling quick to Actual Madrid within the Champions League closing.
However spirits have been immediately lifted after one other thoughts blowing parade by way of town centre the next day.
There have been adjustments to the squad over the course of the summer time, with the likes of Sadio Mane, Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino departing and Fabio Carvalho, Darwin Nunez and Calvin Ramsay becoming a member of the membership.
Pre-season journeys to Asia and Austria all went to plan and final weekend’s Group Protect victory proved the Reds are greater than prepared for the marketing campaign forward. We go once more!
2. Is Alisson match?
Having missed a big chunk of pre-season, Klopp has confirmed Alisson is now “nice” after recovering from an stomach harm.
The Brazilian sustained the issue throughout Liverpool’s tour of Asia final month, and with Caoimhin Kelleher additionally sidelined, Adrian ended up enjoying extra minutes than another Liverpool participant throughout pre-season.
Good to have you ever again, Ali!
3. 8, probably 9 gamers unavailable
Klopp offered an in depth harm replace throughout Friday’s pre-match press convention, with various Liverpool gamers nonetheless unavailable for choice.
Naby Keita missed final Sunday’s pleasant towards Strasbourg by way of sickness however might but be out there for the journey to Craven Cottage, with Klopp anticipating the Guinean to coach on Friday.
The Liverpool boss additionally added that left-back Tsimikas may very well be again in coaching subsequent week.
4. Predicted Reds lineup – Firmino or Nunez?
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Anticipate Alisson to go straight again into the crew, with Adrian dropping to the bench. Konate’s harm ought to imply that Joel Matip continues alongside Virgil van Dijk within the coronary heart of the Liverpool defence.
Don’t be shocked if the Brazilian will get the nod once more, with Klopp reiterating on Friday that he’s in no rush to throw Nunez straight in on the deep finish.
The reintroduction of the 5 substitutions rule means Klopp will have the ability to name upon extra gamers to impression the sport within the second half, with the likes of Nunez, Elliott, Keita and Fabio Carvalho all impressing off the bench towards Metropolis.
5. What to anticipate from Fulham?
“I’ve to let you know, and I don’t need to converse for an excessive amount of time concerning the scenario, I need to be clear with you; now now we have 16 senior gamers in our squad,” he informed reporters.
“Nobody competes at this degree with 16 senior gamers in your squad.”
The Cottagers have been promoted to the Premier League as Championship winners final season however Liverpool have, after all, taken considered one of their star performers off them in Fabio Carvalho.
Centre-back Shane Duffy arrived on mortgage from Brighton on Friday and will characteristic towards the Reds, with Joao Palhinha, Andreas Pereira, Kevin Mbabu, Bernd Leno and Manor Solomon their different summer time signings.
Ex-Liverpool winger Harry Wilson has been dominated out of the match by way of harm, whereas midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah can also be absent.
6. “Large expertise”
In his pre-match press convention, Klopp was requested how Carvalho, who arrived from Fulham earlier this summer time, has settled into life on Merseyside.
“High participant. I like it. Large expertise.
“Actually good child and actually blissful to have him, so crucial for us as a result of we depend on this age group as properly.
“We don’t wait now till they’re 22, 23 or no matter and use them. No, no, no. He’s prepared like Harvey is prepared in the same age group. That’s actually cool.
“All of us want luck in life as properly with harm and stuff like this, however with out that he will likely be a extremely necessary participant for us.”
A purpose on his league debut towards his former crew? Don’t rule it out!
7. The person within the center
The Reds’ first Premier League referee of the season will likely be Andy Madley, who has solely taken cost of 5 Liverpool matches earlier than this one.
The excellent news is that they have been all Liverpool wins!
8. Do you know?
Liverpool didn’t win both of their league encounters towards Fulham in 2020/21.
The primary noticed the Reds held to a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage in December 2020, on a day Joel Matip began because the crew’s solely recognised centre-back alongside Fabinho, earlier than being pressured off with an harm of his personal at half-time. Dangerous, unhealthy recollections.
The return fixture noticed Fulham win at Anfield, with Mario Lemina’s strike sufficient to safe them the three factors. Liverpool’s again 4 that day was Neco Williams, Nat Phillips, Rhys Williams and Andy Robertson. Even worse recollections!
9. Not the one Liverpool recreation this weekend…
Assume the friendlies are throughout? Assume once more!
Those that don’t begin at Craven Cottage are more likely to be concerned in a behind closed doorways match that’s been scheduled for Sunday, which is believed to be towards Aston Villa.
The Reds took on the identical opposition in the same pleasant this time final 12 months, sooner or later after their opening day victory towards Norwich.
Gamers who weren’t concerned at Carrow Highway featured towards Villa the subsequent day, and that would be the case once more this time round, as Klopp seems to be to offer his entire squad extra worthwhile minutes.
10. Observe TIA’s dwell weblog!
Liverpool’s first league recreation of the season is out there to look at dwell on BT Sport for viewers within the UK.
If you’re unable to look at the motion, Henry Jackson will likely be guiding you thru proceedings on This Is Anfield’s matchday dwell weblog.
It’s good to be again. Up the Reds!