EPL 2012-13: Liverpool vs Fulham Preview


EPL: Liverpool vs Fulham Preview
Liverpool, Dec 21: After being tormented by Christian Benteke last week, Liverpool return to Anfield to host Fulham on Saturday just two points adrift and a place above the Cottagers in the league table.

The Reds play their last home game of 2012 having won just five league games at home in the calendar year. The 3-1 thrashing against Aston Villa sent shock waves across the Kop and Fulham - won for the first time at Anfield last season - are desperate to improve their current form.

Martin Jol's team have won just one game in nine league matches while Liverpool have a better record coming into this game and will be keen to get a positive result after the shock 3-1 loss to Villa.

Brendan Rodgers is likely to rest young winger Raheem Sterling while left-back Jose Enrique is likely to make a comeback after missing last week's game.

Fulham will miss several key players as midfielder Steve Sidwell is suspended and right-back Sascha Riether picked up an injury. Playmaker Bryan Ruiz is sidelined until the new year and Mahamadou Diarra is doubtful.


*Fulham earned their first win at Anfield when the two teams met in May last season.

*Fulham have won once in nine league matches.

Probable Lineups:

Liverpool (4-3-3): Reina-Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique-Gerrard, Lucas, Allen-Shelvey, Suarez, Downing.

Fulham (4-4-2): Schwarzer-Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise-Duff, Karagounis, Baird, Kacaniklic-Berbatov, Petric.

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