Premier League Stories - Episode 10Oct 4
The Premier League is back!
The Cottagers are back in the big time at the first time of asking after storming to the Championship title, plundering over 100 goals in the process.
But Marco Silva's face an immediate examination of their top-flight credentials as they entertain Jurgen Klopp's Reds, less than three months on from their final-day heartbreak as Man City lifted the Premier League trophy for a second successive season.
Can Fulham make it a fairytale return to the Premier League stage by upsetting one of the pre-season title favourites? Or will Liverpool lay down an early marker in their quest to topple Man City?
When is Fulham vs Liverpool?
Our coverage from Craven Cottage gets underway at 11.30am (12.30pm KO) on Saturday 6 August, live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate on TV.
How to watch Fulham vs Liverpool on your mobile
Watch on the go with the BT Sport app with a link to the live stream available at the top of the homepage when our coverage gets underway.
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Follow the link above or access the live stream via the bt.com/sport home page when our broadcast begins at 11.30am.
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Fulham vs Liverpool match preview
Marco Silva aired his frustrations with the slow pace of Fulham's recruitment so far this summer following Sunday's final pre-season friendly against Villarreal.
The Whites sealed a return to the top flight way back on 19 April, but have been slow to add players to their squad.
Kevin Mbabu has recently arrived in SW6 from Wolfsburg and set up Aleksandar Mitrovic for a late equaliser against Unai Emery's side, in a game which saw Joao Palhinha and Andreas Pereira also enjoy their first run-outs at Craven Cottage. Shakhtar Donetsk loanee Manor Solomon looks set to make his debut on Saturday along with goalkeeper Bernd Leno. Shane Duffy, who only joined on loan from Brighton on Friday, is unlikely to start, but will provide a much-needed boost to the defensive ranks in the coming season.
However, despite those positive incomings, Silva underlined the fact that he had just 16 senior players at his disposal for the contest against last season's Champions League semi-finalists, including only two centre-backs, Tosin Adarabioyo and Tim Ream, the mainstays of last season's title-winning campaign. There has been no time to bed in the new recruits.
Having agonisingly missed out on the title last season, Liverpool will once again be targeting silverware on multiple fronts.
Sadio Mane's departure after six years at Anfield was unwelcome for Jurgen Klopp, but with Luis Diaz hitting the ground running last season, Diogo Jota also enjoying the best campaign of his career and Fabio Carvalho arriving from Fulham, the team have no shortage of attacking firepower.
That's not to mention the renewal of Mo Salah's contract and the arrival of Darwin Nunez for a club-record fee of £85m.
The imposing Uruguay striker scored an incredible 34 goals in 41 games for Benfica last season, bagging two against his new employers in a pulsating Champions League quarter-final tie in April.
The 23-year-old showed what he is capable of in the Community Shield meeting with Manchester City on Saturday, winning the penalty for Liverpool's second before rounding off a 3-1 win by crouching to head home Andy Robertson's centre.
One area where the Carabao Cup and FA Cup holders look light is in midfield, with the departure of Takumi Minamino and a serious hamstring injury sustained by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leaving them short on options.
Naby Keita is the only recognisable back-up option to the trio of Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara and captain Jordan Henderson, with the club's fans crying out for a younger acquisition to bolster competition.
Fulham vs Liverpool predicted team news
Fulham predicted line-up:
Club captain Tom Cairney and Mbabu are pushing for starts after positive late contributions against Villarreal, but there isn't too much rotation possible.
New boy Leno could replace Marek Rodak in goal after completing a permanent move to Craven Cottage on Tuesday evening, while the game will probably come too soon for latest arrival Duffy.
Potential XI: Leno; Tete, Tosin, Ream, Robinson; Palhinha, Reed; Kebano, Pereira, Solomon; Mitrovic.
Liverpool predicted line-up:
Despite Jota and Oxlade-Chamberlain being sidelined with hamstring injuries, Klopp's squad is still the envy of every team in the league bar Man City, and he is likely to field the majority of the XI that beat Pep Guardiola's men at the King Power.
Nunez coming in from the start for Roberto Firmino is the likeliest change, while Ibrahima Konate may also replace Joel Matip if he can shake off a knee complaint from Sunday's behind-closed-doors friendly against Strasbourg. Assuming the Frenchman isn't fit to return though, these will probably be the starters:
Potential XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Nunez, Diaz.
What if I can't watch the game live?
No problem. A highlights package of the clash will be made available to all shortly after the game on both the BT Sport app and bt.com/sport. We'll also publish in-game clips throughout the 90 minutes.
There will also be several opportunities to watch the match in full on TV and online after the event. For more information on the latest listings, check out our TV Guide.
What other live football does BT Sport show?
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