Fulham host Liverpool at Craven Cottage on Saturday as the Premier League’s new arrivals undergo a great test in the opening weekend of the new season.
Fulham vs Liverpool live stream
The Cotigers, led by Marco Silva, ascended to the second tier title last season as they remained tense between the Premier League and the championship. This season is all about one thing for Fulham: staying in the Premier League.
As for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, they came very close to winning the Premier League title for the second time in three years, but Manchester City overtook them on the last day. But there is renewed optimism around Anfield that he could be crowned champions again.
Below is everything you need ahead of Saturday’s match between Fulham and Liverpool.
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How to watch Fulham vs Liverpool live, broadcast link and start time
Kick off: 7:30 a.m. ET, Saturday
TV channel: Peacock
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Direct analysis of the match between Fulham and Liverpool! Written by Joe Prince Wright at Craven Cottage
half time: Fulham 1-0 Liverpool – Mitrovic’s header difference as Fulham really shook Liverpool here. The Reds have come close on a few occasions, but Fulham totally deserve the lead with new signings for Pereira and Ballinha in particular.
Mail! Luis Diaz hits the post with a beautiful effort as he almost slipped from an impossible angle. Liverpool is very close to a draw.
It should be 1-1. Andy Robertson was found at the back post and his ball crossed the goal by the rushing Liverpool players. Very good game, this one.
GOALLLL! That was coming. Aleksandar Mitrovic heads into the net at the back post as he leaps over Trent Alexander-Arnold to net. Fulham fully deserves this lead. They have been excellent so far. Home lovers have gone crazy here at Craven Cottage!
It must be him!
After scoring 43 goals in the tournament last season, Aleksandar Mitrovic gave Fulham the lead over Liverpool. #FFC
– NBC Sports Soccer (NBCSportsSoccer) August 6, 2022
Bloc! Robertson saved Harrison Reed’s shot well and Mitrovic almost got a cross finish. Fulham has a real chance here. Liverpool has not started yet.
We have to say that Fulham fans are ‘dissatisfied with the referee’ in this first half. Joel Matip got away with some questionable interference. The hosts still kept to themselves.
close! Fulham’s Pereira kicked Tim Reem’s header free kick wide, then Joao Balenha’s effort veered wide. Very nice pressure from the hosts.
Luis Diaz stuck the ball to the back of the net with a fine finishing touch…but Andy Robertson was offside initially. Decent finish from Diaz, much better than Liverpool.
Fulham has a real chance here. Antonee Robinson flies down the left wing at every opportunity. Liverpool seems a little upset. Home lovers love it.
Starting: A very good chance for Fulham right away! The Alexander-Arnold elimination falls right on Mitrovic and takes very few touches, then makes an effort out of sight. Mitro seemed a little unsure whether he would hit that or not.
Work teams here, loud here in the shack and we’re all ready. Let’s go.
Hello and welcome to Craven Cottage! It’s a beautiful day here on the banks of the Thames. What a great place to start the first Saturday of the new season.
🚨 Welcome to Craven Cottage!
What a day for a game here on the banks of the Thames. Amazing.
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Fulham team news, injuries, squad
Joe Bryan and Harry Wilson have been left off with wrist and knee problems respectively, while new signings Bernd Leno, Shane Duffy and Kevin Mbabu are on the bench, while other new players Joao Balinha and Andres Pereira will start. USMNT duo Tim Ream and Anthony Robinson start with Fulham.
Fulham Football Club (FulhamFC) August 6, 2022
Liverpool team news, injuries and squad
Jurgen Klopp has been mixing things up throughout pre-season, but we saw what was very close to his best starting lineup in the Community Shield win against Manchester City last weekend.
Liverpool are missing Diogo Jota, Curtis Jones, Kawimhen Keeler and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while Costas Tsimikas, Naby Keita and Ibrahima Konate are off the hook. Alisson returns to goal after missing the season with a tummy problem.
– Liverpool FC (LFC) August 6, 2022
For Fulham, it’s been a wild ride over the past five seasons with two relegations and three promotions to the Premier League. Life at Craven Cottage is anything but boring. All their hopes are once again pinned on Aleksandar Mitrovic as the Serbian goal machine (at least in the second tier) will be punctuated with crosses and the hope is that he can finally become prolific in the Premier League. Marco Silva has been upfront about Fulham not making many deals this summer, and staying up would be a huge achievement. Silva loves the counterattack and needs a good start to the season to build positive vibes. Sidenote: Fulhammerica is still going strong with Tim Ream and Anthony Robinson playing key roles this season.
Liverpool have had a good and calm overall performance. They sold Sadio Mane early in the summer but replaced him with club-record signing Darwin Nunez who looks set to be the next attacking star at Anfield. And yes, they managed to sign Mohamed Salah to a new long-term contract as well. Klopp’s side have had some strange results in pre-season, but they are preparing well for the new campaign and the big questions revolve around how Nunez, Diaz and Salah come together as the front three, as well as how much gas the likes of Jordan Henderson are. And Thiago Alcantara left in the tank to get another push to win the four cups.