The last time we beat Liverpool was in May 2012, will Sunday end our losing streak or will Liverpool triumph again?
Last Saturday went better than most people thought, a 2-0 loss and some nice football played in spells isn’t too bad considering we were playing one of the best teams in the world. This week we come up against the reigning Premier League champions Liverpool in a match with all of the pressure on them. We are not expected to get a result here, while Liverpool need wins to keep up with Spurs so we can play without pressure. If we get a result here it would be amazing but if we don’t, it’s far from the end of the world.
I think we should make one change to the team that lost 2-0 to Man City. I would keep Areola in goal with a three of Adarabioyo, Andersen and Aina in front. Robinson and Decordova-Reid should keep their places as wing-backs. A midfield of Lookman, Reed, Anguissa and Loftus Cheek with Kamara in for Cavaleiro up front. I feel like Kamara could play the Cav role better and he is a striker so its a more natural fit.
I think we will lose to Liverpool 2-0.
HEAD TO HEAD
LEAGUE RECORD (OVERALL)
- GAMES PLAYED – 56
- FULHAM WINS – 10
- DRAWS – 13
- LIVERPOOL WINS – 33
- GOALS SCORED – 52
- GOALS CONCEDED – 108
LEAGUE RECORD (HOME)
- GAMES PLAYED – 28
- FULHAM WINS – 9
- DRAWS – 6
- LIVERPOOL WINS – 13
- GOALS SCORED – 36
- GOALS CONCEDED – 42
- LIVERPOOL 10-0 FULHAM (1986/87)
- LIVERPOOL 7-0 FULHAM (1955/56)
- LIVERPOOL 5-0 FULHAM (1993/94)
LAST 5 GAMES
- FULHAM 1-2 LIVERPOOL
- LIVERPOOL 2-0 FULHAM
- FULHAM 2-3 LIVERPOOL
- LIVERPOOL 4-0 FULHAM
- FULHAM 1-3 LIVERPOOL
- FULHAM – WLLWL
- LIVERPOOL – WDWDW
COLLINS JOHN’S VIEW
Liverpool are a top side who are flying right now. Despite their injury concerns at the back, they are still at the top of the table with Spurs and beat Wolves 4-0 last weekend, so this is going to be a very difficult game for us. Having said that, I see no reason why we shouldn’t go into this game full of confidence. The Leicester win was followed up with a respectable defeat away to City. I said last time that it’s important to come away from these games against the big teams with limited damage. Nobody expects us to get anything but it’s important to keep the score down as much as we can, and we did that at the Etihad.
I think we should approach this game the same as the other two and play the same eleven, the same tactics and play like the away side. Keep it compact at the back and battle hard in midfield, hoping to spring a counterattack where possible. Anguissa is on fire right now, he was incredible against Man City and it’s a big boost for a club in our position to have a player of that quality and we need another magnificent display from him on Sunday to give us a chance.
It’s great to have some of the fans back at the Cottage for this game and I hope that they get to see a Fulham goal, even though it’s more than likely we will lose.
Keep believing! COYW!
PREDICTION: FULHAM 1-3 LIVERPOOL
LAST TIME OUT
FULHAM 1-2 LIVERPOOL (2018/19)
The last time we played Liverpool we lost 2-1 at Craven Cottage in March 2019. Despite going in front early on through Mane, Liverpool couldn’t put the game to bed and Ryan Babel levelled the score late on after a Van Djik and Allison mix up. Just when you think that we have snatched a good point here, Sergio Rico wipes out Sadio Mane in the box despite him going away from goal. This allowed James Milner to wrap up the win for Liverpool. Thanks, Sergio. Thanks a lot.
PLAYERS IN COMMON
Peter Beardsley, Stan Collymore, Lauri Dalla Valle, Steve Finnan, Danny Guthrie, Ray Houghton, Alexander Kacaniklic, Paul Konchesky, Richard Money, Danny Murphy, Sheyi Ojo, Karl Heinz Riedle, John Arne Riise, Tony Warner.
BATTLE TO WATCH
BOBBY DECORDOVA-REID VS SADIO MANÉ
Sadio Mane is a 28-year-old winger widely regarded as one of the best players in the Premier League. He is a fast winger who’s trickery and eye for goal makes him a nightmare for defenders. Since his arrival from Southampton in 2016, Sadio has helped Liverpool to a Champions League, a Premier League, a Super Cup as well as a Club World Cup. Despite on paper not seeming like these players would come up against each other, Decordova-Reid has put in some solid performances at right-wing-back recently and I expect Parker to keep him there. With Bobby not being a natural defender, it will be interesting to see how he matches up against a world-class winger like Mane.