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Liverpool vs Fulham: Predicted XI

Liverpool host Fulham in the Premier League after a fifth consecutive home loss to Chelsea midweek. The two sides meet for the second time this season after a 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage in December of last year. 

Since then, Liverpool have taken a downward spiral and have amassed just 15 points in 15 Premier League matches. 

Ahead of today's match, LFC Transfer Room writers Will, Jadine, and Tom take a look at Liverpool's predicted XI. 

Will Morley

Liverpool’s defeat to Chelsea on Thursday was crushing and highlighted some major issues for Jurgen Klopp to deal with. 

As a result, I would expect him to freshen things up with a few much-needed changes - not only to the players, but also to the structure.

Despite another error, luckily hidden under the carpet by VAR, Liverpool have no other option than to start Alisson. After suffering a knock in midweek, it looks unlikely that Ozan Kabak will start on Sunday. 

Ozan Kabak is a fitness doubt for the match against Fulham. 

Ozan Kabak is a fitness doubt for the match against Fulham. 

I would expect Nathaniel Phillips to replace him, starting alongside Fabinho. Andy Robertson is the only Reds player to have started all 27 league matches this year, and it is telling. 

Jurgen Klopp may opt to rest the fullback and provide summer signing Kostas Tsimikas with some valuable game time. Liverpool’s midfield looked unimaginative and sluggish against Chelsea. 

Naby Keita and James Milner would provide some creativity and legs to the centre. Playing four midfielders would not only let the Reds dominate the midfield, but also give more license for the full backs to go forward.

The front three was uninspiring on Thursday, although Diogo Jota provided some energy and dynamism once introduced. Despite being subbed off, Mohamed Salah looked more likely to score than either of his attacking collegues. 

Therefore, I could see Klopp giving Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane a rest, with Jota and Salah operating as a front two. 

Starting XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Fabinho, Tsimikas; Wijnaldum, Milner, Thiago, Keita; Jota, Salah

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Jadine Leecocke 

With a frustrating defeat and lacklustre performance against Chelsea on Thursday evening, the team looks like it needs some fresh legs brought in from the start. 

With the news that Ozan Kabak picked up a knock the midweek match against Chelsea and the fact that Ben Davies is still adapting, Nat Phillips and Fabinho should start at centre-back.

Georginio Wijnaldum, dubbed the most consistent player of the season this week by Jurgen Klopp, Thiago and Naby Keita should make up the midfield three.

The Guinean played no part against Chelsea, there is a need for fresh legs in midfield and it's time for him to get his first start since returning to full fitness. His creativity and flair is needed in the hope of rejuvenating the Reds creativity. 

Liverpool could use Naby Keita's creative spark against Fulham.

Liverpool could use Naby Keita's creative spark against Fulham.

With Mohamed Salah being dragged off shortly after the hour minute mark, Sadio Manê warrants a rest and should be to dropped the bench.

A second-half substitute against Chelsea, Diogo Jota came on for his first start since last December. Albeit, Mané will come on sometime in the second half.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Fabinho, Robertson, Keita, Wijnaldum, Thiago, Salah, Firmino, Jota.

Tom Johnson

With recent showings continually below- par, it is time for Jurgen Klopp to freshen things up. The albeit hugely successful 4-3-3 over the German’s tenure, is currently ineffective, with change now a necessity. 

Not only does 4-2-3-1 offer a different dimension, it also provides Thiago a role in which he has previously flourished. 

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As for the personnel, it’s time for the fit-again Ben Davies to make his mark in a Red shirt, crucially allowing Fabinho a return to his favoured number 6 role. 

Diogo Jota and Naby Keita merit a return to the side, with Roberto Firmino’s substandard form allowing him to make way.