Fulham: Fernando Amorebrieta & Matthew Briggs - Out; Kostas Mitroglu - Doubtful
Liverpool: Daniel Agger, Sebastian Coates, Jose Enrique, Glen Johnson, Lucas Leiva & Mamadou Sakho
Form - last five games
Have Fulham turned over a leaf following their surprise draw against Manchester United? No. The draw was 100% to do with the ineptitude displayed by Manchester United last Sunday.
The 81 crosses Fulham had to deal with against Man United will not be repeated by Liverpool today. In Liverpool, Fulham will face a rapid attack that loves to link up with the ball on the deck and interchange with each other. They also have an abundance of pace and skill on the ball that will confuse and bamboozle a slow Fulham back four.
In midfield Liverpool have now found a good balance in Gerrard, Henderson and Coutinho; they pressurize the opposition well and keep the ball well. Against a Fulham side that was pushed to the brink when they played Manchester United on Sunday, it is unlikely they would have the energy to keep up with such a vibrant side.
I still have reservations over Gerrard in the defensive midfield position, his rash challenge that gave Arsenal a penalty on the weekend validates my reservations, but Fulham do not have what it takes to ask any questions.
As Liverpool are expected to have a monopoly on the play, that should push the Liverpool attack onto the edge of the Fulham penalty box. As expressed already, the Liverpool attacking trio are far more dynamic than Man United and that should allow them to weave their way through any blockades.
The tussle between Raheem Sterling and former Liverpool favourite John Arne Riise will be intriguing. Riise no longer has the pace to go to toe with most wingers these days, yet alone someone as quick a Sterling. Of course Richardson (a former left back) will give Riise protection on the left wing, but seeing how leggy he looked towards the end of the game at Man United, you wonder just how effective his defensive work will be today.
If Sterling wins this battle, it will stretch the game game and determine just how many Liverpool win by, as opposed to if they will win. I say this because I feel as though Liverpool will have too much in store.
Aside from Sterling, Luis Suarez will be an important player today. Against Arsenal he played on the margins of the game, but I suspect today's match will be played on the edge of the box, an area Suarez comes alive. His cheeky nutmegs have tricked so many defenders into putting a leg where it should not be - do not be surprised if a penalty comes from this today.
Fulham 0-3 Liverpool