LIVERPOOL VS. FULHAM
| Sunday, March 7th |
Premier League | Anfield
2PM GMT/9AM EST
Deep, long sigh. The soccer continues to happen. Liverpool continue to play. This season continues to move along to the final, home stretch with the Reds falling further behind as their injury concerns somehow worsen from day to day.
This next match is at Anfield, where they will welcome Fulham and, in a positive twist, Diogo Jota. The attacking player has returned to the squad after a lengthy injury break. It’s unknown whether he’ll start in this match, but it will still be good to see him at all if he does, indeed, make the matchday squad.
Less good news is that Ozan Kabak is a doubt for this match. While Kabak hasn’t exactly set Liverpool hearts aflutter with his on pitch contributions since he arrived, he’s a body in defense, and Klopp sourly needs those right now.
Fulham, meanwhile, are in the drop zone and 20 points behind Liverpool on the table. If they want to save their season and remain in the top flight, they only have 11 games to make that happen. And Scott Parker’s men with look at Liverpool and their recent results and feel much more confident about earning something out of a trip to Anfield than they should.
After their controversial, but razor thin, loss to Spurs at Craven Cottage, Fulham may enter this match with some confidence.
Projected Liverpool Lineup (4-3-3)
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Fabinho, Robertson; Thiago, Wijnaldum, Jones; Salah, Mane, Jota
Let’s say that Jota is available tomorrow to give the team a bit of an injection of life. Fabinho may get pushed up to his natural position in the midfield, if Klopp chooses to field Nat Phillips and Ben Davies together as a center-back pairing.
Missing will be Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip.
Fulham will only be without the services of Marek Rodak and Tom Cairney.
What the Managers Had to Say
Jurgen Klopp: “For Fulham, a difficult start but in the last few weeks for sure they’ve got more points than we’ve got and that says everything so it will be a tough one.”
Scott Parker: “You’re playing against a team who are obviously, at this moment in time, in a bit of a tricky spell. That’s clear to see, but we need to be very, very wary of that.
“When you’re playing against a wounded animal that has the class and the quality that Liverpool possess, then you need to tread very, very carefully, while also understanding that if you approach the game in the right manner and you can assert yourself into certain moments of this football match, maybe you have a chance.”
Referee: Kevin Friend. Assistants: Simon Beck, Adrian Holmes. Fourth official: Jonathan Moss. VAR: Simon Hooper. Assistant VAR: Derek Eaton.
Kickoff is set for 2PM GMT/9AM EST tomorrow, and television listings for the match can be found on LiveSoccerTV. In the meantime, we’ll be keeping you updated with all the buildup to the game, including team news as it’s released, our live matchday thread, and post-match recaps from The Liverpool Offside staff. If you want to join the discussion, sign up for an SB Nation account to have your say on the action as it happens.