Liverpool will look to go top of the table when they visit Fulham on Sunday in the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp’s side had a memorable week, as they defeated Bayern Munich 3-1 at the Allianz Arena to progress to the quarter-finals. Sadio Mane scored a brace in that game, as he continued his brilliant recent form. They will play FC Porto in the quarter-finals, but the focus is back on the Premier League for now.Embed from Getty Images
Manchester City will play in the FA Cup this weekend, which presents Liverpool a golden chance to take the lead in the table. Victory against Fulham will send them two points clear, albeit having played a game more than City. Their Champions League heroics must have given them a boost, and they should make light work of Fulham.
Coming to Fulham, it’s looking like they will return to the Championship next season. They are second from bottom in the table, and Scott Parker’s side has accumulated just 17 points this season. Fulham are a whopping 13 points from safety, and relegation is inevitable at this stage. Slavisa Jokanovic was sacked earlier in the season, and his replacement Claudio Ranieri went the same way two weeks ago. Parker has taken over as interim coach, but there is nothing much he can do to improve the situation.
This calendar year has been a bad one for them, and they have lost 10 out of the 11 matches they have played. The major reason for this has been their shambolic defending. Fulham have shipped 68 Premier League goals this season, more than any other side. Only two teams in the history of the competition have conceded more at this stage. Only Derby County in 2007/08, which is considered by many as the worst Premier League team have had a worse goal difference after 30 matches.Embed from Getty Images
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In terms of team news, Jordan Henderson could miss out after he exited the game against Bayern after just 13 minutes. Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain still won’t feature, though Dejan Lovren could make his return from injury. Mohamed Salah has gone six games without scoring, which is his longest drought in a Liverpool shirt. The Egyptian won’t receive a better opportunity to break his bad run.
Andre Schurrle could be back for Fulham, and so could be former Liverpool player Ryan Babel. They have lost their last five clashes with Liverpool, conceding 16 goals in the process. The Reds won 2-0 in the reverse fixture in November, and the difference could be higher this time around.
Fulham are all but relegated, and they lack any real motivation to trouble Liverpool. Klopp’s side should win comfortably at Craven Cottage, and they are favourites to score over 2.5 goals. The odds for a clean sheet for Alisson are strong as well, as Liverpool have the meanest Premier League defence this season. Liverpool can go into the international break at the top of the Premier League table, and Fulham have few ideas to stop that.
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