No Messing About: The Fulham Preview

Alex Livesey

After our demolition of Arsenal at home, we go to Craven Cottage for the first of two games in London, this one against a struggling Fulham.

US: 3 PM EST NBC Live Extra

UK: 8 PM BST: Game does not appear to be televised

Daniel Sturridge scored his first premier league hat trick at Craven Cottage in May in a 3-1 win after Dimitar Berbatov scored an opener, and we'll be looking for much the same result as we come off a thrashing of table toppers Arsenal, and have a daunting FA Cup tie against the Gunners at the weekend.

This game was previously in doubt thanks to a tube strike proposed by Union Workers in the London Underground, but the game will go ahead as planned, as with all the other fixtures planned in London.

Daniel Agger, Jose Enrique, Lucas Leiva, Mamadou Sakho, and Glen Johnson remain sidelined, but the Reds have no injury concerns, even though Jordan Henderson played against the Arse with a fractured wrist.

Perhaps the biggest question is if Liverpool can retain the level of crispness that we had against Arsenal, with some believing we might falter against Fulham the way we had against WBA. Brendan Rodgers has even said that there's no time to think on the Arsenal victory with a game in midweek, and, as was stated in our review, we seem to be bipolar... We show up against the big teams, yet against the teams we should be beating, like Hull, or WBA, we seem sleepy.

And Fulham, our hosts, are coming off a potential confidence boost from their draw against Man U, but other than that have one win in their last five. with four losses. We have to score early, and often. We need to own their midfield, the way that we had against Arsenal. They have threats in Scott Parker, Darren Bent, and even ex-Red John Arne Riise. We don't have to be told the worldys he can pop up with. Our defense needs to go out as a unit and be just as good as they had against Arsenal.

Some thoughts-

-I'm a bit nervous. Our away form isn't the greatest, and while I want a carbon copy of the Arsenal performance, I'll take the 3 points any way we can get them, really. (JAceKopite)

-The fact that our Hendo played with a fractured wrist just shows his commitment to the cause. and also his passion for the game. He might well shine tomorrow, let's hope. (JAceKopite)

-Fulham are WBA all over again. No sideways slow passes, please, Kolo. (JAceKopite)

-The choices aren't great, but some squad rotation could be immensely helpful.  Joe Allen is a prime candidate, maybe even a spot chance for Jordan Ibe? (Matt)

-Considering how roughly we've been treated on short rest, an ugly 1-0 win would be more than enough.  Hey, we can still laugh at Moyes right? (Matt)

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