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  • December 22, 2012
  • • 17:30
  • • Anfield, Liverpool
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
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Liverpool - Fulham Preview: Hosts to take advantage of Cottagers' poor away form

Brendan Rodgers will be hoping his side recover from their first home league defeat since September against Martin Jol's men, who have won just once on their travels this season

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

LIVERPOOL

Reina
Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Downing
Gerrard, Lucas, Allen
Sterling, Suarez, Enrique

FULHAM

Schwarzer
Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise
Duff, Karagounis, Baird, Richardson
Berbatov, Petric


Jose Enrique (hamstring) is available after missing last weekend's defeat to Aston Villa, but Oussama Assaidi (knee) is a doubt after picking up a knock in training.

Martin Kelly (knee) and Fabio Borini (foot) remain long-term absentees for the Reds.

Sascha Riether is in contention to play after the right-back returned to training on Thursday following a consultation with a specialist osteopath in Germany.

However, Steve Sidwell misses out for Fulham as he serves a one-match suspension following his yellow card picked up against QPR last week.

The trip to Anfield comes too soon for Bryan Ruiz (hamstring) and Mahamadou Diarra (knee), with the pair due to return to training next week, but Simon Davies (neck) will not return until the New Year.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Liverpool's biggest-ever victory against English opposition came against Fulham back in 1986 - a 10-0 win at Anfield.
  • Luis Suarez's (pictured, right) next league goal for the Reds will see him equal his tally from the whole of last season.
  • Pepe Reina has kept clean sheets in five of his six home meetings against the Cottagers, conceding just one goal, and is yet to be on the losing side against Fulham at Anfield.
  • Fulham's 1-0 win away at Liverpool last season was the Cottagers first-ever win at Anfield. As a result they secured their first-ever double over the Reds in the process.
  • The last time a Fulham player scored at Anfield was back in 2006, when a strike from Collins John could do nothing to prevent his side from falling to a heavy 5-1 loss.
  • Martin Jol's side have only won one of their last ten matches.
  • Own goals have decided each of the last two meetings between these sides at Anfield. Martin Skrtel was the difference between the sides last season, while a comical own goal from John Pantsil secured the Reds all three points in 2011.
  • The last player to score for the correct side in this fixture was Fernando Torres for Liverpool, all the way back in 2007.

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Available Squads
25Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
2Glen JohnsonDefender
3José EnriqueDefender
5Daniel AggerDefender
37Martin SkrtelDefender
8Steven GerrardMidfielder
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
21Lucas LeivaMidfielder
30SusoMidfielder
8Jonjo ShelveyMidfielder
9Luis SuárezStriker
1Bradley JonesGoalkeeper
23Jamie CarragherDefender
47Andre Wisdom Defender
18Nuri SahinMidfielder
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
24Joe AllenMidfielder
31Raheem SterlingMidfielder
23Mark SchwarzerGoalkeeper
3John Arne RiiseDefender
-Brede HangelandDefender
6Chris BairdDefender
18Aaron HughesDefender
20Sascha RietherMidfielder
14Georgios KaragounisMidfielder
11Kieran RichardsonMidfielder
24Ashkan DejagahStriker
11Alexander KacaniklicMidfielder
9Dimitar BerbatovStriker
-David StockdaleGoalkeeper
14Philippe SenderosDefender
17Matthew BriggsDefender
10Pajtim KasamiMidfielder
21Kerim FreiMidfielder
28Mickael TavaresMidfielder
20Hugo RodallegaStriker
Players to Watch
Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 31
Games Goals YC RC
3 2 1 0
Following his manager's declaration that he intends to rest the England international over the festive period, Sterling will be hoping to impress even more so than normal in the minutes he does get on the pitch, as Liverpool's paper-thin squad's reliance on the 18-year-old increases.
John Arne Riise
John Arne Riise
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 3
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
As a ex-Liverpool player, Riise will be hoping he can once again play his part after starring in Fulham's historic win at Anfield last season. The Norwegian made 350 appearances during his seven years at Liverpool, scoring 33 goals, however Riise is yet to find the back of the net for Fulham - will he come back to haunt his former side?
Prediction

Brendan Rodgers' side fell to a heavy 3-1 loss against Aston Villa last weekend in front of their home fans, and will be eager to make amends as they look to stay in the hunt for a Champions League place.

While Liverpool have struggled for goals so far this season, with the talismanic Luis Suarez scoring the bulk of the strikes, Fulham have won just twice away from home since their historic first-ever victory at Anfield last season. If their defeat against QPR on Saturday is anything to go by, that form will continue. Lightning will not strike twice.

Editor's Prediction
Fulham 0

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