Player Focus and SCOTT PARKER
Liverpool are looking for a return to the top with a ninth successive Premier League win against a promoted side. Jürgen Klopp’s Reds travel to Craven Cottage on the back of a fulfilling and emphatic win over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena and thus, confidence is expected. Fulham, under the caretaker manager, Scott Parker, may feel their race is run in the top flight, with their following game being against Manchester City. However poor their run has been, the Cottagers will be on home turf; fighting for their survival in the Premier League means they will not just roll over.
SCOTT PARKER and The Cottagers
Scott Parker’s reign as caretaker manager at Fulham began with a 2-1 loss to Chelsea. With Liverpool and Manchester City being his next tests, it can be called a “baptism of fire”, his task that is. However, having a new manager at the helm of affairs tends to buoy up spirits in the dressing room and Parker will be hoping for no different. It is going to be an uphill task for the Cottagers, who have lost their last 6 games. Scott Parker is yet to win a game as caretaker manager of Fulham, and he knows his side faces another big test against potential Premier League winners. “It’s going to be a massive challenge. Liverpool is a team that is fighting at the right end, in terms of fighting for the championship,” he said. “They’re a team full of individual quality and are up there with the world’s best.”
PLAYER TO WATCH OUT FOR; ALEKSANDER MITROVIC
Mitrovic started the 2018/2019 season in fantastic form. And like his club, while his form may have dropped, he is still the Cottagers biggest threat; with 10 goals and 2 assists to his credit. Andre Schurrle is another one the Reds will have to keep in check, with 6 goals to his credit.
Liverpool fans will definitely be on the lookout for a certain Ryan Babel and Lazar Markovic to boot.
Fulham have lost their last five Premier League meetings with Liverpool since a 1-0 win at Anfield in May 2012.
Liverpool have won their last two Premier League away games against Fulham – they’ve never won three in a row on the road against the Cottagers in the top-flight.
None of Fulham’s 13 Premier League home meetings with Liverpool have finished as a draw, with the Cottagers winning five and losing eight.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 11 Premier League games against promoted sides (W10 D1), winning the last eight in a row. They’ve scored 31 goals and conceded just four in that run since a 0-2 loss at Hull in February 2017.
Fulham have lost nine of their last 10 Premier League games (W1), including each of the last six in a row. They’ve not lost more consecutively in the top-flight since a run of 11 in February 1962.
Liverpool have conceded more goals in their 10 Premier League games in 2019 (9) than they had in their 20 such matches before the turn of the year this season (8).
Liverpool’s last three Premier League away games have finished level, with the last two ending 0-0. They last drew four in a row on the road between April-August 1996, while they’ve never had three consecutive goalless draws away from home in the top-flight.
Fulham have lost a league-high 17 Premier League matches by a margin of two or more goals this season. The most a side has ever lost by 2+ goals in a 38-game season is 19, by Fulham themselves in 2013-14.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has had a hand in 12 goals in his last eight Premier League appearances against newly-promoted sides (6 goals, 6 assists).
Liverpool’s Sadio Mane has scored eight goals in his last eight Premier League games, though just one of these has come away from Anfield.
Here’s hoping that the reds come away with all 3 points from Craven Cottage. #WeGoAgain
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