It’s a baptism of fire for Fulham on their return to the Premier League as they face arguably their toughest home test of the season with a visit from Jurgen Klopp’s side. Marco Silva led Fulham back into the top flight in style, but repeatedly highlighted his concerns over the strength of the playing squad during pre-season.
Silva’s concerns will become clear this afternoon when Liverpool arrive in town, looking to begin their final title tilt with little fanfare before champions Manchester City get up and running tomorrow. New recruits Darwin Nunez and Fabio Carvalho should feature in the capital.
Fulham will be aware that Liverpool showed few signs of rust in a deserved win over City in the Community Shield last week, but have already created some upsets on the opening day, so this game promises to be intriguing. Follow the match LIVE with Standard Sport below!
Expecting Fulham to be a walk in the park might seem a bit too obvious and frankly Silva’s side looked a much better side in the Championship last season than some of the elite.
Still, Liverpool will surely have too many.
Liverpool winner 3-0.
Liverpool team news
For Liverpool, Diogo Jota, Ibrahima Konate, Caoimhin Kelleher, Calvin Ramsay, Kostas Tskimikas and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will all miss their League opener.
Darwin Nunez, however, will make his Premier League debut, while Alisson Becker will return. Naby Keita will return to training soon but won’t quite make the season opener in South West London.
Fulham Team News
Bernd Leno, Joao Palhinha, Andreas Pereira, Manor Solomon and Kevin Mbabu could all make their home debuts, although Harry Wilson and Nathaniel Chalobah are struggling with knocks.
where to watch
TV channel: In the UK, the game will be shown live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate.
Direct: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the BT Sport website and app.
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