Liverpool vs Fulham – LIVE Reddit Soccer 05/08/2022
Liverpool have had a pretty decent, and quiet, offseason overall. They sold Sadio Mane early in the summer but replaced him with club-record signing Darwin Nunez who looks set to be the next forward star at Anfield. And oh yeah, they managed to sign Mohamed Salah to a new long-term contract too. Klopp’s side have had a few strange results in preseason but they are warming up nicely for the new campaign and the big questions are around how Nunez, Diaz and Salah will slot in together as a forward trio, plus how much gas the likes of Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcanatara have left in the tank for another push for all four trophies.
And with new striker Darwin Nunez in tow, the Reds look like they’re set to produce another outstanding season under Jurgen Klopp. Fulham won the Championship last season and will be looking to avoid a third straight relegation from the Premier League this term. Liverpool will be hoping to win it all, as they set out to stop Man City from claiming their third successive title. But Klopp’s men face a difficult test on the Thames against Marco Silva’s Cottagers. Darwin Nunez is expected to start for Liverpool after coming off the bench to score in the 3-1 win over Man City last weekend. Diogo Jota and Ibrahim Konate will be out of action, however, as they are still nursing injuries.
Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz will likely play up top with Uruguayan Nunez. Fulham, however, have a small squad, and manager Silva says his side aren’t ready for the new season. “No one can prepare for one season with just two central defenders. We have two central defenders at this level,” he said. “I have to congratulate our players because they have worked really hard but anyone that understands football can see that we need at least five or six more players, that is clear.”
The Reds agonisingly missed out on last season’s title by just one point from Manchester City and will be determined to get off to a fast start as the new campaign gets underway. Fulham were impressive under Marco Silva in winning immediate promotion back to the Premier League and will be hoping they can carry that form into the new season. Fulham, winners of last season’s Championship, host Premier League and Champions League runners-up Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime. Marco Silva’s Cottagers cantered back up to the top flight at the first time of asking last term, sending scoring records tumbling in the second tier. Liverpool came within two results of quadruple perfection but ended the campaign disappointed despite claiming both domestic cups.
Here’s everything you need to know about the clash between two teams used to winning. Fulham’s hero from their previous promotion push in 2020, Joe Bryan, is nursing a metacarpal fracture which is expected to keep him out of the opening weekend’s fixture. Nathaniel Chalobah was forced off with an injury during a behind-closed-doors friendly at the end of July which leaves his involvement shrouded in doubt. A knee injury to Harry Wilson on the eve of the season has robbed Fulham of the Championship’s leading assist-provider last season – and denied the 25-year-old a reunion with his former club.
Given the lack of upheaval a short hop across London would cause, Silva may hand a debut to the former Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno a matter of days after his purchase. Diogo Jota may have inked a new long-term deal with Liverpool but is unlikely to feature in the short-term while lumbered with a thigh complaint. Injury has also ruled out Ibrahima Konate. Backup keeper Caoimhin Kelleher is set to miss the opening weeks of warming the bench after sustaining an issue on international duty but the first-choice Alisson is expected to return following a watching brief for the Community Shield last weekend.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s weighty injury history is getting another chapter as the English midfielder sustained a “serious” hamstring problem during preseason. When quizzed about Fulham’s preparations following their final preseason friendly, Silva delivered a blunt and bleak assessment: “We, as a squad, are not ready.” Few teams, whatever measures they take, have proven ready to face Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in recent years; with reigning Premier League champions Manchester City the latest to come unstuck just last Saturday. It’s hardly an outrageous claim to suggest the second-tier champions may fare even worse this weekend.
Prediction: Fulham 0-3 Liverpool Marco Silva’s Cottagers surged to the second-tier title last season as their yo-yoing between the Premier League and the Championship continues. This season is all about one thing for Fulham: staying in the Premier League. As for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, they came so close to winning the Premier League title for the second time in three years but Manchester City pipped them to it on the final day. But there’s renewed optimism around Anfield that they can once again be crowned champions.
For Fulham it’s been a wild ride over the last five seasons with two relegations and three promotions to the Premier League. Life at Craven Cottage is anything but dull. All of their hopes are once again pinned on Aleksandar Mitrovic as the Serbian goal machine (at least in the second tier) will be peppered with crosses and the hope is that he can finally become more prolific in the Premier League. Marco Silva has been outspoken about Fulham not making a lot of signings this summer and staying up will be a huge achievement. Silva loves to counter-attack and he needs a good start to the season to build positive vibes. Sidenote: Fulhamerica is still going strong with Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson set to play key roles this season.