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Fulham away at Liverpool ~ Match Preview

last updated Tuesday 01st May 2012, 10:18 AM

Fulham manager Martin Jol
Fulham manager
Martin Jol
Martin Jol
Liverpool go into this game with the memory of Luis Suarez's stunning hat-trick against Norwich on Saturday unlikely to be forgotten for a very long time.

That win at Carrow Road was the perfect way to prepare for their FA Cup final date with Chelsea at Wembley, so this rearranged fixture with Fulham is an inconvenience, especially considering how poor their form has been at Anfield.

The Reds have taken few home comforts this season, with only five league victories at Anfield.

But at least they are playing against Fulham, a team that has remarkably never won a top-flight fixture on Merseyside at either Liverpool or Everton. They were battered into submission across Stanley Park on Saturday when they lost at Everton, and manager Martin Jol will be demanding a response.

They only have to look at West Bromwich Albion and Wigan, who have both picked up historic wins at Anfield this season, for inspiration. If they could fashion a victory they would draw level with the Reds on points, and if they managed to finish above them would be a tremendous achievement in Jol's first season in charge.

  • Fulham's 1-0 win over Liverpool in December was only their fourth over the Reds in 21 Premier League encounters.

  • The Cottagers have failed to score in six of their last nine Premier League games against Liverpool.

  • Liverpool beat Fulham 10-0 in a League Cup second-round match at Anfield in 1986.

  • Fulham

  • Fulham have never won in 41 top-flight league visits to Merseyside to play either Liverpool or Everton.

  • Their loss to Everton on Saturday was their 19th consecutive top-flight defeat at Everton, which extends the record for most successive away defeats by one club at another.

  • They started with 11 non-English players at Goodison Park, meaning they are the only club to do this three times this season ahead of Arsenal (twice) and Wigan (once).

  • Aaron Hughes is poised to make his 200th start for Fulham.

  • Liverpool

  • Their win over Norwich was only their third victory in their last 12 top-flight matches (W3, D2, L7).

  • They have only won one of their last seven league matches at Anfield.

  • The last time Liverpool finished outside the top eight in the top flight was when they ended up bottom of the league in 1953/54 and were relegated.

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