The Cottagers have been more inconsistent than any other team in the Premier League and will surely have to make amends soon enough if they are to remain in England’s top flight league ahead of this season.
Martin Jol’s men began the new campaign on a five game winless streak, which was followed by three victories in four games. However their good run was very short lived as the Londoners lost all of their three subsequent matches.
In their last outing against Manchester United, Fulham gave the impression of a team which did not come out to win maximum points. Lack of concentration and some lazy defending allowed Man United to cruise to a 3-1 victory.
Fulham’s Dutch manager Martin Jol whose position as the head coach of the London side has been into jeopardy after managing just three victories of the 10 games played has reiterated that he does not fear a sack and is hopeful that his side can pull off an upset on Saturday.
"We experienced this before at this club over the last 10 years, so hopefully we will get results," he said.
"Look at Cardiff City; they were in the same position then they won the derby game against Swansea City and now they're fine.
"So that's what we look for, we look for a few results. You have to start somewhere to get wins under your belt and then go from there. We need a few surprise results and maybe we can start against Liverpool."
But for Fulham to get anything out of the Liverpool match will be a herculean of a task for a side which is currently 16th in the league table. Liverpool on the other hand have been rampant and have emerged as title contenders this season and will be hoping to make a statement following their loss to Arsenal last week.
At Emirates last week, Liverpool were second best to the Gunners for most part of the game and deservingly lost the match. But Liverpool’s summer acquisition Simon Mignolet who has seamlessly adjusted in the side has encouraged his teammates to make a response in the match against Fulham.
Everybody wanted to do well," said the Belgian.
"We were motivated and confident going into the game because it was a good opportunity for us to go top of the table.
"Unfortunately, we came across a good Arsenal side. They put us under pressure and scored an early goal. Afterwards, you're chasing the game a bit.”
"We must look forward and make sure we put things right against Fulham. It's always important to respond after a defeat. I'm sure everybody will be prepared to work hard from Monday onwards for the preparation against Fulham,” he added.
Liverpool’s strike force of Sturridge and Suarez might be too hot to handle for a Fulham side which has conceded 15 goals this season. ‘SAS’ as the prolific duo is referred to has contributed to 14 out of the 17 goals which Liverpool have scored in the league this season and Fulham are surely in for a battering if they defend the way they did against Manchester United last time out.
Glen Johnson is likely to return for Saturday’s tie after missing the trip to the Emirates, but Steven Gerrard who picked up a hip injury in the match against Arsenal is a serious doubt for Saturday’s encounter, whereas Iago Aspas, Sebastian Coates and Jose Enrique will remain on the sidelines for the Reds.
Brede Hangeland could give Martin Jol a timely boost and is likely to return from his leg injury, but striker Hugo Rodallega and full-back Matthew Briggs have been ruled out of the tie with Sascha Riether having to serve his three match ban for a stamp on Adnan Januzaj starting with the match against Liverpool.
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