Fulham: Rodak, Tite, Adarabioyo, Reyam, Robinson, Reed, Joao Balinha, Reid, Andreas Pereira, Kebano, Mitrovic.
Subtitle: Solomon, Leno, Duffy, Mbabo, Cairny, Rodrigo Muniz, Francois, Harris, Stansfield.
Liverpool: Allison, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dyck, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago, Salah, Firmino, Diaz.
Subtitle: Gomez, Milner, Adrian, Elliott, Nunez, Carvalho, Van den Berg, Bagjetic, Chambers.
Rule: Andrew Madeley (West Yorkshire)
In Harry Wilson’s absence, Kebano will start leading Nesken with Fulham. Goalkeeper Bernd Leno, from Arsenal’s new team, is one of the substitutes, with Marek Rudak starting between the two lists. Joao Ballina starts in midfield following his move from Sporting, and teammate Andreas Pereira is also on the team. Their summer teammates Shane Duffy, Kevin Mbabu and Manor Solomon are all on the bench.
Alisson is back at Liverpool but other than that he looks like the Community Shield last Saturday. Bobby Firmino will lead the Liverpool streak while new boy Darwin Nunez will have to secure a place on the bench.
- Rule: Andy Madeley
- assistants: Dan Cook and Derek Eaton
- Fourth official: Tony Harrington
- Video Assistant Referee: Stuart Atwell
Fulham were dealt a heavy blow with news that Harry Wilson could be out for at least two months with a knee injury suffered by the Wales international in a closed-door friendly against Wolverhampton. Joe Bryan’s hand is broken and is likely to come out while Nathan Chaluba is sidelined.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson is expected to return from injury against Fulham but team-mate in Ireland Kawimhen Kelleher will be sidelined with a thigh injury and is “a few weeks away”, according to coach Jurgen Klopp.
Diogo Jota missed Liverpool’s pre-season due to a hamstring injury he sustained earlier in the summer, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ibrahim Konate, Costas Tsimikas and Curtis Jones have been ruled out for tonight’s game. Naby Keita was ill but was able to perform.
With one game over and only 379 matches left, the new Premier League season resumes and Fulham welcomes Liverpool to Craven Cottage. It’s a frightening prospect for the west London side, whose coach Marco Silva bemoaned the lack of new faces in his squad earlier this week. With Fulham backed by the arrival of centre-back Shane Duffy on loan from Brighton, they hope to shed their reputation as a yo-yo club by avoiding an immediate return to the championship.
In contrast, their visitors last weekend seemed to be shooting most – if not all – of the cylinders into the Community Shield, hoping to outpace it last season by winning the league. Speaking somewhat candidly to the press, Silva admitted his side are not ready to start the season, but Liverpool’s long injury list may give him hope to take something from this game. Kick off at Craven Cottage is 12:30pm but in the meantime stay tuned for team updates and updates.