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TEAM NEWS ~ Fulham welcome Liverpool ~ LC_Semi ~ 2ndLeg ~ 23/24

last updated Wednesday 24th January 2024, 3:46 PM

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Fulham vrs Liverpool

League Cup Semi Final 2nd Leg at Craven Cottage

Wednesday, 24th January 2024    KO: 20:00

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)

Live on SkySports

Fulham manager Marco Silva
Fulham manager
Marco Silva
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Only one Fulham player in the shape of Adama Traore is in the care of the medical team at the minute, and the Spaniard could even return from his hamstring strain in time to battle the Reds, but a spot on the bench is surely the best he can hope for.

In contrast, three Africa Cup of Nations representatives - Alex Iwobi, Calvin Bassey and Fode Ballo-Toure - are still unavailable for selection, but no fresh concerns have arisen since the Cottagers' 1-0 beating at the hands of Chelsea two weekends ago.

Harrison Reed was only an unused substitute at Stamford Bridge after playing through illness in the first leg, but the Englishman is now primed to rejoin Joao Palhinha in the middle, and another goal for Willian would see him become just the third player to score in both legs of an EFL Cup semi-final against Liverpool, a feat previously achieved by Paul Merson and John Robertson.

Fulham possible starting lineup:
Leno; Castagne, Adarabioyo, Diop, Robinson; Palhinha, Reed; Decordova-Reid, Pereira, Willian; Jimenez


Liverpool boss 	Jurgen Klopp
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Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah has temporarily returned to Merseyside to undergo treatment on the muscular injury he sustained during Egypt's draw with Ghana last Thursday, although there is hope that he will be back with the national team in time for any possible semi-final.

Wataru Endo remains fit and firing with Japan, though, and Klopp is also sure to be without Thiago Alcantara (hip), Stefan Bajcetic (calf), Joel Matip (ACL), Ben Doak (knee), Kostas Tsimikas (collarbone) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (knee).Andrew Robertson

Liverpool expect to have Andy Robertson in the squad. Dominik Szoboszlai's thigh problem might heal in time for the Hungarian to face Fulham, and his return would be particularly timely after Curtis Jones reported hamstring tightness against Bournemouth, although his substitution appeared to be more precautionary than for anything sinister.

Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Bradley, Konate, Van Dijk, Gomez; Elliott, Mac Allister, Gravenberch; Gakpo, Jota, Nunez

Source Ben Knapton at SportsMole
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