Fulham return to Premier League action on Sunday as they face reigning champions, Liverpool, at Craven Cottage, as they hope to bounce back from the 2-0 defeat against Manchester City last weekend.
Scott Parker can give his side a much better chance of picking up a result against the Reds if he can limit Mohamed Salah’s influence on the game, which he could do by doubling up on the Egyptian winger.
Therefore, he must consider starting Joe Bryan, who can play as both a left-back and a left-winger, to help out first-choice left-back Antonee Robinson, who is undoubtedly in for a tough game against the 29-year-old Liverpool ace.
Salah has enjoyed a superb start to the 2020/21 Premier League campaign, having contributed nine goals and two assists in 10 top-flight appearances, averaging an incredible 7.64 rating (per WhoScored).
Klopp was full of praise for the former Chelsea man after he reached 20 goals in the 2019/20 campaign, saying:
“Incredibly important goal, a super performance – a really, really good game of Mo.
“He is an outstanding striker, a world-class striker. It’s really nice, I’m really happy for him that he reached that mark.”
Therefore, it would definitely be fair to mark him out as Liverpool’s danger man on Sunday, although they are, of course, not exactly short of attacking talent in their side, with the likes of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota also likely to cause problems at Craven Cottage.
However, playing Bryan, who earns £30k per week at Fulham, as a left-midfielder could be one way in which the Cottagers can shackle Salah for the game on Sunday if he and Robinson were able to mark him out of the game.
The former Bristol City man has featured just seven times in all competitions this season, so it would perhaps be a surprise to see him get the start, but he is definitely more defensively aware than the likes of Ivan Cavaleiro or Ademola Lookman, so it may be a change Parker has to make if he wants to stop Salah controlling the game.
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