Bad Tidings at Belgrade
We’ve got away with some pretty terrible performances throughout this season but Liverpool’s latest turnout was truly a drudgery to behold. Nonetheless, I find myself somewhat bemused with the reactionary nature of the modern Liverpool fanbase.
Consider this: we remain, despite the unexpected result, top of our Champions League group and still only two points away from the reigning Premier League champions. For what seems to be a season gone off the rails, the standings are actually quite agreeable.
That being said, come Sunday, a performance will be demanded by the Anfield faithful. And so it should be. Liverpool have become used to winning regularly again under Jürgen Klopp and, although the rise of such expectation can be something of a double-edged sword at times, it is yet another indicator of the club’s remarkable transformation.
So, without further ado, let the FOAR writers’ predictions commence!
LFC are looking to return to their winning ways in the Premier League this Sunday against Fulham at Anfield. Fulham’s results of late have been abysmal, coming off a run of five defeats in a row and sitting bottom of the table. This is now the perfect opportunity to keep the pressure on at the top of the table. However, injury wise, Trent, Gomez, and possibly Lovren are looking doubtful, so a possible call up for Clyne could be on the cards. Regardless of this, we should still win this game comfortably as Fulham haven’t won at Anfield since May 2012, so I’m predicting a 4-0 win against the Cottagers. Hopefully, Klopp goes all out for this match with an adventurous 4-2-3-1 formation to boost our goal tally! – @annelizawalsh78
A performance to put to bed our Belgrade woes. Although we may be lacking in the defensive department for this game with injury doubts, Fulham shouldn’t trouble us too much, according to Annie, and should be treated as an opportunity to boost our goal difference.
If you could pick any team in the league to play after a tough away match in Europe, it would be Fulham. I’m not saying this game will be a walk in the park but I think we should be too strong for them. Things haven’t clicked for them this season and they sit rock bottom of the table by goal difference after only one win. I think it will be a tight first half but we’ll come good in the second and win 3-0. I just hope the fans get behind the team and send us top for two hours at least. – @JasonBranagan79
The upcoming fixture against the Cottagers is perfectly timed, according to Jason. Although the Reds may need time to settle into the game, we should ultimately prevail convincingly by three goals. But not without the support of the Anfield faithful.
It’s one of those games for Liverpool where on paper it’s a 5-0 mauling at least, or it’s one of those games where we work and get no joy. Fulham have been one of the league’s sides who have shipped goals like they’re going out of fashion and this should be easy pickings for a Reds side who will then hope to see Man City and Chelsea dropping points – Liverpool 4 Fulham 0. – @kopitesaint91
Short and sweet from Matthew. Historically, against this type of opposition, results have had a habit of being rather unpredictable. Nonetheless, it would raise a number of eyebrows if Liverpool fail to pick up the points but perhaps we may yet see City and Chelsea give up ground at the top.
Our result last time out was poor but I can’t see the same thing happening again. Jokanović can’t get his Fulham side to defend and they have conceded the most goals in the Premier League this season. Our front three should have a field day. Due to this stat and the fact that Klopp has Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson and Xherdan Shaqiri all available for selection once again, after being absent from recent matches, I can only see us going back to winning ways and not in a tight game. I predict a fairly comfortable victory. Liverpool 5 – 1 Fulham. – @liamwraithlfc22
The return of key players in Keita, Henderson, and Shaqiri will be ones to watch for, according Liam. With Fulham unstable defensively, a mauling at Anfield could be on the cards.
AND THERE YOU HAVE IT: 4 PREDICTIONS, 4 WINS!
Some took Klopp’s comments the other day, on the comparisons with last season, to mean a departure from the free-flowing football that catapulted Liverpool to Kiev. While I find myself missing the gung-ho style of pressing we witnessed last term, I can forgive the performances of late due to the significantly improved points return.
Although we should not accept a Mourinho-esque approach to football where style and, indeed, any form of joy, is completely stifled for the sake of points, we have to recognise our own limitations.
That being said, the return of Keita and Henderson will be welcome, and I would expect Liverpool to provide a entertaining reminder of the quality of football a Klopp side is capable of producing.
Although Fulham have a squad abundant in talent, fielding the likes of Ryan Sessegnon and André Schürrle, they oddly find themselves at the bottom of the Premier League’s scrapheap.
Whether Jokanović will be given the time to reverse Fulham’s fortunes remains to be seen, although it is fortuitous that Liverpool will face the Cottagers so soon after the torrid outing in Belgrade.
I can’t see Liverpool not taking all three points. But I can’t picture the utter demolition that some fans expect neither. It’s a lively 2-0 win to Liverpool for me.
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