Salah swerves Liverpool rotation as Klopp makes seven changes for Fulham | fpl.wiki


An out-of-form Liverpool face Fulham in the second of four Premier League matches to take place on Sunday.

Kick-off on Merseyside is at 14:00 GMT.

Given that less than 72 hours separated the Reds’ Gameweek 26 clash with Chelsea and today’s game, and with Jurgen Klopp’s side looking jaded in that Thursday night defeat, a change or two to the starting XI always looked likely this afternoon.

We didn’t quite expect the full extent of the rotation, though: Klopp has made seven alterations to his line-up against the Cottagers as he attempts to avoid a sixth straight league defeat at Anfield.

Bobby Firmino and Ozan Kabak miss out with minor fitness issues but the other five changes are unenforced, with Klopp explaining ahead of kick-off:

Two changes we had to make because of little injuries, Bobby and Ozan.

We are in an intense period and we have an opportunity now to change some players who had more sessions in their legs. That’s the plan behind it: getting fresh legs back and trying to give Fulham a proper fight.

Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold are among the players to make way, with Curtis Jones, Thiago and Fabinho also dropping to the bench.

Diogo Jota starts a league game for the first time in over three months, while Rhys Williams, Neco Williams and Nathaniel Phillips come into a much-changed and youthful defence.

There are recalls too for Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri.

Mohamed Salah has been spared the axe, with a half-hour breather after his early substitution against Chelsea perhaps influencing Klopp’s decision to field him from the start today.

The Fulham team news is more straightforward, with Scott Parker making only two changes from the side that started the 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is a surprise omission, with Bobby Decordova-Reid in for the Chelsea loanee.

The regular rotation continues at full-back, meanwhile, with Antonee Robinson making way for Kenny Tete.


Liverpool XI: Alisson, N. Williams, Phillips, R. Williams, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Keita, Shaqiri, Salah, Jota.

Fulham XI: Areola, Aina, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Tete, Cavaleiro, Lemina, Reed, Reid, Maja, Lookman.

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