Fulham have been handed a tough opening test on their return to the Premier League, facing last season’s runners-up Liverpool at Craven Cottage.
The visitors will have ambitions of winning the title after missing out in agonising fashion last season and will have a familiar face in their ranks, following the signing of Fabio Carvalho from Fulham this summer.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s lunchtime clash in the capital.
Last season’s Championship winners have turned out on four occasions across pre-season, beginning their summer tour of Portugal with a 2-0 win over French side Nice.
Marco Silva’s side were then on the wrong end of a 5-1 thrashing to Benfica, before beating GD Estoril Praia 3-1 courtesy of Aleksandar Mitrovic’s brace of headers from two corners and summer signing João Palhinha’s first goal for the club.
Marco on Mitro: 🗣
“He is really confident. If you create for him, he will score. He has the ability and the capacity to score. He will work and he knows what I demand from him.”#FULLIV pic.twitter.com/rU2Qhv9DBU
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) August 5, 2022
Fulham concluded their campaign with a 1-1 draw against Champions League semi-finalists Villarreal at Craven Cottage, with Mitrovic – scorer of a record-breaking 43 goals in the Championship last season – again on the scoresheet.
Liverpool’s pre-season campaign has been one of mixed results, as Jurgen Klopp has rotated his squad and handed minutes to a wealth of senior stars and emerging prospects.
After beginning with a 4-0 defeat to Manchester United in Bangkok, the Reds responded with wins over Crystal Palace (2-0) and RB Leipzig (5-0), with Darwin Nunez coming off the bench to score four goals in the latter win.
Next up… our @premierleague opener ✊🔴 #FULLIV pic.twitter.com/cdlYBoKBiV
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 3, 2022
A disappointing defeat to Red Bull Salzburg followed six days later, before an impressive performance brought the first silverware of the campaign as Manchester City were beaten 3-1 in the Community Shield.
Klopp’s side were well-beaten 3-0 in a friendly fixture against Strasbourg the following day, though were without the senior names who had beaten City at the King Power Stadium.
Liverpool 0-1 Fulham, March 7 2021
Liverpool’s disappointing title defence reached a new low after a loss to Fulham in March 2021, as the champions slumped to a sixth consecutive home defeat.
Serious injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip had depleted the Reds of senior names at centre-back and the consequences were a disastrous run of form following the turn of the new year.
Finding corners! 📐 @LeminaM_13 strikes first. 🧪#LIVFULpic.twitter.com/mGcUIyFYTj
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) March 7, 2021
Liverpool had gone 68 home league matches unbeaten, before a January defeat to Burnley was followed by consecutive losses to Brighton, Manchester City, Everton, Chelsea and Fulham at Anfield.
Mario Lemina hit a late winner to secure a 1-0 win for Fulham, with Klopp describing the defeat as one of his ‘lowest moments’ in management.
Fulham: Leno; Mbabu, Ream, Adarabioyo, Robinson; Palhinha, Reed, Pereira; Solomon, Kebano, Mitrovic.
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago; Salah, Nunez, Diaz
Who is the referee?
What channel is Fulham v Liverpool on?
UK and Irish fans can watch the game on BT Sport 1.
What time is kick off?
Saturday 6th August, 12:30pm BST.
Fulham – 10/1
Draw – 5/1
Liverpool – 1/4
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