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  • December 5, 2011
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  • • Craven Cottage, London
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Premier League Preview: Fulham v Liverpool

Kenny Dalglish's side could equal a club record for consecutive wins on the road against a Cottagers outfit who have struggled for victories at home this season


PROBABLE LINEUPS

FULHAM

Schwarzer
Baird, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise
Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey
Ruiz, Zamora, Dembele
LIVERPOOL
 
Reina
Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique
Henderson, Adam, Spearing, Downing
Suarez, Carroll

The home side may be forced to ring the changes after their midweek exploits against FC Twente in the Europa League.

Knocks to Stephen Kelly and Damien Duff make Chris Baird and Brian Ruiz their likely replacements in a side often full of plenty of attacking intent under Martin Jol.

Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool are in fine form currently but have received a hammer blow with the loss of midfielder Lucas Leiva for the rest of the season.

Jay Spearing must now prove himself an able deputy to the Brazilian, and last year’s hat-trick hero Maxi Rodriguez may well miss out despite his strike at Chelsea in the League Cup.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Last year’s fixture between these sides at Craven Cottage ended 5-2 to Liverpool with Maxi Rodriguez (pictured right) bagging a hat-trick.
  • Rodriguez’s current goalscoring run sees him with 10 goals in his last eight starts for the Reds. 
  • A Liverpool win would be their seventh consecutive victory on the road in all competitions, equalling a club record.
  • Fulham have won just one of six Premier League games at Craven Cottage this season.
  • Kenny Dalglish has lost just 50 times in his overall seven-year spell as Liverpool manager.
  • If selected, Fulham’s Norwegian full-back John Arne Riise will be lining up against his old club for the first time.
  • The last time Martin Jol faced Liverpool, as Tottenham manager, his side grabbed a 2-2 draw just weeks before his eventual sacking.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
23Mark SchwarzerGoalkeeper
2Stephen KellyDefender
3John Arne RiiseDefender
-Brede HangelandDefender
14Philippe SenderosDefender
13Danny MurphyMidfielder
20Dickson EtuhuMidfielder
30Mousa DembeleStriker
11Bryan RuizStriker
2Clint DempseyStriker
25B. ZamoraStriker
38Neil EtheridgeGoalkeeper
18Aaron HughesDefender
17Matthew BriggsDefender
10Pajtim KasamiMidfielder
15Marcel GecovMidfielder
21Kerim FreiMidfielder
8Andy JohnsonStriker
25Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
2Glen JohnsonDefender
3José EnriqueDefender
5Daniel AggerDefender
37Martin SkrtelDefender
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
20Jay SpearingMidfielder
16Charlie AdamMidfielder
7Luis SuárezStriker
9Andy CarrollStriker
39Craig BellamyStriker
32DoniGoalkeeper
16Sebastián CoatesDefender
23Jamie CarragherDefender
34Martin KellyDefender
11Maxi RodríguezMidfielder
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
11Dirk KuytStriker
Players to Watch
B. Zamora
B. Zamora
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 0 0
The Englishman has perhaps not enjoyed his best season in the capital but could still prove a huge threat given his penchant for creating trouble in the box.

He has three goals to his name this term and will hope he can add to that despite the recent solidity of the Liverpool defence.
Jay Spearing
Jay Spearing
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 20
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Given the expected long-term absence of industrious midfielder Lucas Leiva, all eyes should be on the man who is likely to act as his replacement.

The Wirral-born 23-year-old has often played a bit-part role on Merseyside but will hope to grab this latest opportunity after being quietly impressive in the recent victory against Chelsea.
Prediction
Fulham have made a steady start to the season under Martin Jol but have been guilty of settling for far too many draws.

They may not get the luxury of trying to hold on for a point against a Liverpool side in brilliant form away from home and must try to pin their visitors back.

The boost in confidence gained from impressive performances against Manchester City and Chelsea could mean the Reds prove too much for the Londoners on the night.

It might not be a repeat of last year’s goal fest (5-2), but a comfortable win for Dalglish’s side is highly probable.
Editor's Prediction
Fulham 0

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