Fulham v Liverpool

06 May 2011 11:10
Fulham winger Damien Duff has been ruled out for six weeks after undergoing Achilles surgery and will miss the rest of the season.But top scorer Clint Dempsey is expected to return from a hamstring strain, while defender Brede Hangeland is available after illness. [LNB]Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has reported no fresh injury concerns. [LNB]He may be tempted to reinstate Andy Carroll to the starting XI following his recovery from a knee injury. [LNB][LNB]Fulham[LNB]Doubtful: Dempsey (hamstring) [LNB]Injured: Duff (Achilles), Gera (ankle), Halliche (unspecified) [LNB]Liverpool[LNB]Injured: Agger (knee), Aurelio & Kelly (both hamstring), Gerrard (groin) [LNB][LNB] MATCH PREVIEW With the future of Kenny Dalglish still unclear, Liverpool's players head to Craven Cottage hoping to strengthen the caretaker boss's claim on the job by tightening the Reds' grip on a place in next season's Europa League.[LNB] All that matters is that we keep on winning games and going up the table. The Europa League is our objective Liverpool striker Luis Suarez Newspaper reports this week claimed Dalglish's wish for the final say on all transfers is thought to be delaying his being named manager on a permanent basis, but the prospect of the Scot being allowed to walk away from Anfield would surely be unthinkable if he can secure the club's involvement in continental competition next season. [LNB]To do that Dalglish's team need to win their battle with Tottenham Hotspur for fifth place in the Premier League, with next weekend's visit of Spurs to Anfield likely to prove decisive. [LNB]Fulham have enjoyed their own renaissance since the turn of the year, thanks largely to a formidable home record that has produced six wins and a draw. Victory here would equal a club record four consecutive Premier League home wins, last set from January to February 2006. [LNB][LNB] MATCH FACTS Head-to-head[LNB]• Liverpool's most recent trip to Craven Cottage ended in a 3-1 loss in October 2009. However, that is the Reds' only defeat in the last seven meetings between the sides. [LNB]• Fulham have failed to score in six of their last seven meetings with Liverpool. [LNB]Fulham[LNB]• Fulham are the only Premier League club yet to concede a goal from a penalty this season. The only one they have given away was missed by Manchester United's Nani back in August. [LNB]• Andrew Johnson and Danny Murphy are two goals shy of 50 in the Premier League. [LNB]• Fulham have won six of their last seven at Craven Cottage, drawing the other. [LNB]• During this run of seven games, only Blackburn have managed to breach the Cottagers' defence. [LNB]Liverpool[LNB]• Only Chelsea (35 points) have taken more points than Liverpool (30) since Kenny Dalglish was appointed manager of the Reds. [LNB]• Liverpool are the only Premier League club to have scored in all their Premier League fixtures (17) in 2011. [LNB]• Dirk Kuyt has scored eight goals in the club's last seven league matches. [LNB]• If selected, Sotirios Kyrgiakos will be making his 50th Liverpool appearance in all competitions. [LNB][LNB] LEADING GOALSCORERS [LNB]Fulham[LNB]Dempsey: 13 goals (12 league); Zamora: 6 goals (4 league) [LNB][LNB]Liverpool[LNB]Kuyt: 14 goals (12 league); Carroll: 13 goals* (13 league) [LNB]*Carroll scored 11 goals (11 league) for Newcastle.[LNB][LNB] MATCH OFFICIALS Referee: Lee Mason [LNB]Assistant referees: Stephen Child & Simon Long [LNB]Fourth official: Kevin Friend [LNB][LNB] LAST LEAGUE MATCH LINE-UPS Fulham (W3-0 v Sunderland, a): Schwarzer, Salcido, Senderos, Hughes, Baird, Kakuta (Greening 62), Murphy (Etuhu 79), Sidwell, Davies, Zamora (Johnson 79), Gudjohnsen. Subs not used: Stockdale, Kelly, Dembele, Hoesen. [LNB]Liverpool (W3-0 v Newcastle, h): Reina, Flanagan (Shelvey 81), Carragher, Skrtel, Johnson, Meireles, Lucas, Spearing, Maxi (Carroll 69), Suarez (Cole 87), Kuyt. Subs not used: Gulacsi, Kyrgiakos, Ngog, Robinson.

Source: BBC_Sport