Fulham hosts Liverpool at Craven Cottage on Saturday as Premier League newcomers face a major test in the first weekend of the new season.
Marco Silva’s Cottagers won the second tier title last season, continuing their swing between the Premier League and the Championship. This season, the main thing for Fulham is to stay in the Premier League.
As for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, they were so close to winning the Premier League title for the second time in three years, but Manchester City beat them on the final day. But there has been a resurgence of optimism around Anfield that they could be champions again.
Below is everything you need ahead of Saturday’s Fulham v Liverpool game.
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How to watch Fulham v Liverpool live, streaming link and start time
Start: 7:30 am ET, Saturday.
TV channel: Peacock
Online: flow through Peacock Premium
It’s been a wild ride for Fulham over the last five seasons, with two relegations and three promotions in the Premier League. Life at Craven Cottage is anything but boring. All their hopes are once again on Aleksandar Mitrovic as the Serbian goal machine (at least in the second tier) will be littered with crosses and the hope is that he can finally become more prolific in the Premier League. Marco Silva has been candid about the fact that Fulham won’t be signing many deals this summer and staying on their feet will be a huge achievement. Silva loves to counter-attack and he needs a good start to the season to recharge his batteries. Note: Fulhamerica is still going strong with Tim Rome and Anthony Robinson playing key roles this season.
In general, Liverpool had a pretty decent and calm off-season. They sold Sadio Mane at the beginning of the summer but replaced him with club record holder Darwin Nunes, who looks set to be the next star striker at Anfield. And oh yes, they managed to sign a new long-term contract with Mohamed Salah. Klopp’s side have had some odd results in pre-season but are warming up well for the new campaign and the big questions are how Nunes, Diaz and Salah will fit together as a striker trio, as well as how much gas Jordan Henderson will have. and Thiago Alcanatara were left on the bench for another push for all four trophies.
Fulham team news, injuries, squad options
Joe Bryan and Harry Wilson are ruled out with wrist and knee problems respectively, while new signings Bernd Leno, Kevin Mbabu, Joao Paligna and Andrés Pereira are expected to play a key role.
Liverpool team news, injuries, squad options
Jurgen Klopp has been mixing things up throughout pre-season but we saw him come very close to his best starting XI in the Community Shield win against Manchester City last weekend. Liverpool were left without Diogo Jota, Curtis Jones, Caoimhin Kelleher and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while Kostas Tsimikas, Naby Keita and Ibrahima Konate got rid of shots. Alisson will return to goal after missing most of the preseason with stomach issues.