Liverpool will be extremely eager to make amends for their last outing at Anfield when they suffered a shock 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa.

Prior to the visit of the West Midlanders Brendan Rodgers had made optimistic noises of try to chase the top two in the Premier League.

Last weekend may burst the Northern Irishman’s bubble slightly, but they are only 7 points off the top four and all is far from lost.

The Reds may have had a “bad day at the office” in the words of the manager last time out but will be hoping from a routine home win to bring some festive joy around Merseyside. There was bright news for them this weekend already as Raheem Sterling looked close to committing to a new long term deal which would be an early Christmas present for Liverpool fans.

Fulham fans will be hoping for a lot better this weekend than what they had to see in their last viewing of the Cottagers against QPR at Loftus Road.  They were the team that finally helped QPR end the League’s most barren run without a win.

This weekend’s away fixture is significantly longer to Liverpool and they don’t travel particularly well with their last three points on the road coming against Wigan at the DW Stadium in September.

The Cottagers have won once in their last 9 games and will be hoping that they don’t creep closer to the drop zone this weekend.

Jose Enrique is available for selection again after a hamstring injury. Nuri Sahin is back too having finally recovered from his broken nose suffered against Udinese earlier this month.

Despite starting the last three games Lucas is struggling for fitness. Suso is expected to step in for Sterling.

Steve Sidwell is suspended having reached his fifth booking last time out. Sascha Riether is available after recovering from a knee problem. Mahamadou Diarra and Bryan Ruiz can’t make this one with knee and hamstring issues respectively.

Fulham have hit the target with 53% of their shots this season in the Premier League; a higher proportion than any other side, and will be hoping they can strike lucky with one of these chances in the 5.30 kick off on Saturday.

Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Fulham

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