Fulham return to Premier League action on Sunday afternoon and face another tough game against reigning champions Liverpool at Craven Cottage.
Scott Parker’s side were comfortably beaten by Manchester City in their last fixture, suggesting that changes are likely ahead of their game against the Reds.
Therefore, it might be best if Parker adapts his side to be slightly more defensively solid ahead of the game against Jurgen Klopp’s side, in the hope that they are not carved open as easily as they were at the Etihad.
Here’s how Football FanCast expects Parker to set his side up against Liverpool…
Alphonse Areola keeps his place in between the sticks, with the PSG loanee having been one of Fulham’s standout performers in the Premier League so far this season – he ranks as the sixth-best performing player as per Whoscored.
The defence stays the same, although Parker will be hoping that they put in a performance similar to the one in the 2-1 win against Leicester City, rather than the one they produced against Manchester City.
Joe Bryan can provide some much-needed security on the left-hand side, as he can help Antonee Robinson stem the threat of Mohamed Salah on Liverpool’s right-wing.
He replaces Ivan Cavaleiro, who earns £60k per week at Fulham, with Ademola Lookman preferred to start on the wing.
There’s one other change in midfield, as Tom Cairney replaces Harrison Reed, with the Scottish midfielder perhaps the man who can unlock this strong Liverpool defence, whilst he could also be a threat with his long-range shooting.
Bobby Decordova-Reid starts up front, after the strange decision to play him as a right-wing back last time out, and the former Bristol City man will be hoping to add to the three goals he has managed in the top-flight so far this season.
This will undoubtedly be a tough game for Fulham but if they can produce a display similar to the one they did at the King Power Stadium recently, they certainly won’t make things easy for Liverpool.
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