MatchLiverpool v Fulham: Team news

By Chris Shaw


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Liverpool are likely to have the same squad to select from on Sunday when they host a Fulham side who can welcome back Joao Palhinha.

Immediately after the Reds’ 4-0 Europa League win over LASK in midweek, Jürgen Klopp reported his team had come through the match without any injury concerns.

On Ibrahima Konate being withdrawn before the hour mark on Thursday night, the boss clarified: “Ibou, top [performance]. That we took him off was a medical decision. No risks, stuff like this, give him minutes but not too long.”

Caoimhin Kelleher will continue to deputise in goal in the absence of the injured Alisson Becker, who is sidelined after sustaining an issue at Manchester City, as is Diogo Jota.

Longer-term absentees are Thiago Alcantara, Stefan Bajcetic and Andy Robertson.

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On making selection decisions in the face of nine fixtures across the next month, Klopp said at his pre-match press conference: “I am not sure we can rotate all the time. I don’t know, we will see that – it depends who is available. [On Thursday] we could do it and that’s why we did it.”

He added: “The toughest period in world football is coming up. It’s a good start [against LASK] and now let’s keep going.”

Fulham, meanwhile, are strengthened by the availability again of Palhinha, who sat out their 3-2 victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday due to suspension.

Kenny Tete and Tosin Adarabioyo are building up their match fitness, while head coach Marco Silva namechecked four players who are definitely ruled out for the Premier League trip to Anfield.

“They are getting better, Kenny and Tos. They need time and time, and some minutes during matches to be ready,” said Silva.

“[Otherwise] still more or less the same. Issa Diop is out; nice to see him on the [training] pitch already, not fully fit but more involved with the team. Adama Traore is out; Tyrese Francois and Rodrigo Muniz.”

Last match

Liverpool 4-0 LASK (November 30): Kelleher, Gomez, Quansah, Konate, Tsimikas, Endo, Gravenberch, Elliott, Diaz, Salah, Gakpo.

Fulham 3-2 Wolves (November 27): Leno, Castagne, Bassey, Ream, Robinson, Reed, Cairney, Iwobi, Pereira, Willian, Jimenez.



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