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Liverpool Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Fulham

7:34 AM EST 11/9/18
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The Reds can return to the top of the table - briefly at least - as they face the Premier League's bottom club at Anfield

Beaten in Belgrade, Liverpool will be looking to bounce back on home soil this weekend.

Jurgen Klopp's Reds can return to the top of the Premier League table - if only for a couple of hours - by beating Fulham at Anfield on Sunday.

The Londoners arrive in a precarious position, bottom of the standings having won just one of their 11 games since promotion to the top flight. Slavisa Jokanovic, their manager, is the strong favourite to be the first Premier League manager to lose his job.

The Reds have been imperious at Anfield in the league, without a defeat there since May 2017, and they will be expected to put the misery of their Champions League loss to Red Star firmly behind them.

Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of Sunday's game....

Liverpool Injuries

It appears as if Klopp has an almost full-strength squad to choose from for this one.

Joe Gomez will be fit despite an Achilles worry, while midfielders Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita are in contention to play. 

Dejan Lovren missed out in midweek due to illness but should be OK to feature at the weekend.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster are on the long-term injured list.

Liverpool Suspensions

Liverpool do not have any suspended players for this game. 

Likely Liverpool Starting Line-Up

There is plenty for Klopp to ponder after a disappointing performance in Belgrade.

His midfield, in particular, looked powderpuff against Red Star and we can expect a shake up in that department. Henderson, Keita and Fabinho will all be pushing for starts, as will Xherdan Shaqiri.

Gomez should return to the starting line-up, probably alongside Virgil van Dijk at centre-back though Klopp could use Lovren there. 

Up front we can expect Roberto Firmino to replace Daniel Sturridge.

Fulham Team News

The Cottagers could be without left-back Joe Bryan, who has a hamstring issue, while midfielder Kevin McDonald suffered a knock in the 1-0 defeat to Huddersfield last time out.

Teenage star Ryan Sessegnon, once courted by Liverpool, should feature for Jokanovic's side, as should another player linked with Anfield in Jean-Michael Seri.

TV Channel & Kick-Off Time

The fixture will be broadcast live in the UK on BT Sport 1, kick off 12pm BST. In the United States the game can be watched live on television on NBC Sports, kick-off 7am ET.

Best Opta Match Facts

  • Liverpool have won their last four Premier League matches against Fulham, though this is their first league meeting since February 2014.
  • In all competitions, Fulham have managed just one win in their 33 away visits to Liverpool (D9 L23), scoring just four times in their last 17 games at Anfield.
  • Fulham have won just one of their 54 away league games on Merseyside against Liverpool and Everton (D11 L42), a 1-0 win against Liverpool in May 2012.
  • Liverpool have won all eight home Premier League games under Jurgen Klopp against newly-promoted teams, scoring 25 goals and conceding just three.
  • Fulham have taken one point from their last 18 Premier League games against the ‘big six’ sides (W0 D1 L17), losing all three games this season by an aggregate score of 2-11.
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 26 Premier League home games, their longest such run since August 2009 (31 games).
  • Coming into the weekend, Fulham are one of just three teams yet to keep a clean sheet in English league football this season (along with Macclesfield and Sheffield Wednesday).
  • In their three Premier League games immediately following a Champions League fixture this season, Liverpool have scored exactly the same number of goals as they did in their European match (3 vs PSG/Southampton, 0 vs Napoli/Man City, 4 vs Red Star/Cardiff).
  • Daniel Sturridge has had a hand in five goals in his last three Premier League games against Fulham for Liverpool (4 goals, 1 assist).
  • For Liverpool in the Premier League, Mohamed Salah is averaging a goal or assist every 66 minutes against newly promoted teams (4 goals, 5 assists in 592 minutes).