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Premier League 2020-21 Preview: Fulham vs Liverpool

After wrapping up their Champions League 2020-21 Group D Campaign, Liverpool Fc are due to play their next Match against the hosts Fulham Fc in the Premier League.

Date: 13 December 2020 (Sunday) ; Time: 4:30 p.m (BST) kick-off ; Venue: Fulham, England.

With Liverpool (The Reds) not due to play in the Champions League until the Second Week of February 2021, Jürgen Klopp can now focus his attention in guiding the Reds through a tricky December 2020 Fixtures.

Klopp himself was particularly not impressed by the confusing and time consuming VAR Decisions during the FC Midtjylland Away Match.

The Reds had grown increasingly frustrated by many VAR decisions that went against them during this Season and will hope that VAR will not have much influence in the upcoming Fixtures.

By replacing Fabinho before the start of Second Half of FC Midtjylland Away Match, Klopp has given some clues of the possible Starting XI for the Fulham Fc (The Cottagers) Away Fixture.

Nathaniel Phillips and Curtis Jones are likely to feature alongside Jordan Henderson, Joël Matip, Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mané.

Despite losing to the hosts Manchester City Fc last week and struggled for Premier League Form, the Cottagers are still a resilient side under their manager Scott Parker. Prior to the Manchester City Away loss, the Cottagers stunned the hosts Leicester City 1-2 last month.

Since their shock 0-1 loss at Anfield in May 2012, the Reds had won all their fixtures against the Cottagers.

 

Reds Team Injuries and Suspensions: After hurting his knee during the Second Half of the FC Midtjylland Away Clash, Konstantinos Tsimikas is now included among the growing list of casualties that the Club are forced to deal with.

Tsimikas now faces another spell on the sidelines and the severity of his knee injury is yet to be determined.

Also, included in the growing list of casualties is Diogo Jota. The young Portuguese International injured his knee during the Second Half of FC Midtjylland Away Match and is been currently assessed to determine the severity of the injury.

James Milner is due to miss for the foreseeable future after sustaining his hamstring injury during the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club Away Match.

Xheridan Shaqiri remains sidelined for an indeterminate period after sustaining his leg muscle injury while on international duty with Switzerland.

The Defensive Stalwarts of Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk remains sidelined for an indeterminate period (after undergoing successful surgeries on their injured knees).

However, no timescale has been set for the return of Van Dijk, Gomez and Shaqiri by the Club.

Thiago Alcântara is likely to be sidelined for the remainder of this year as the Spaniard is currently recovering from his knee injury sustained during the Everton Away Match.

Since being ruled out of the Ajax Home Fixture, Alisson Becker is currently recovering from his hamstring injury and might make his return back the squad earlier than expected.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is edging closer to full fitness after sustaining an injury during the Preseason in Austria. The Reds will hoping for his return back to the squad sooner.

 

Verdict: The Reds will be hoping that Tsimikas’ latest injury is not serious. In the unlikelihood that the young Greek International is sidelined for an extended period of time, there might be a possibility that Milner will fill in as a Makeshift Left Back, if Klopp decides to rest Andrew Robertson.

Especially against the Cottagers, the Reds simply cannot afford to lower their guard down by experimenting and bringing on too many Youngsters in the Starting XI without securing the desired result.

 

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