29 minutes: Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner is headed clear by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
27 minutes: Neeskens Kebano is punished for betraying Luis Diaz. Tosin takes the free kick, which Andy Robertson takes out across the fairway.
26 minutes: In the scramble after that Ream chance, Palhinha’s low shot deflected wide. Nothing comes from the corner.
24 minutes: Tim Ream gets the run on his marker and heads the ball as Andreas Pereira hits a free kick from deep across the Liverpool penalty area. Joel Matip gets a lot on the ball to block.
22 minutes: Another cross from Alexander-Arnold, which Mo Salah tries to flick home from in front of the near post. Behind him, Jordan Henderson was in a much better position and screamed at the Egyptians to leave him but his request was ignored.
20 minutes: Liverpool are starting to impose themselves but have yet to make any progress. Trent Alexander-Arnold gives the ball away, with Joao Palhinha the beneficiary this time.
18 minutes: Trent Alexander-Arnold hits a cross from the right to the far post but Tosin heads it. Alexander-Arnold is going further up the pitch, giving the Fulham defense plenty to think about.
17 minutes: Kenny Tete slides through Luis Diaz, sending him skyward. He receives a stern speech and a yellow card from the referee.
15 minutes: Oof! Rodak has to save from Andy Robertson, who was a mile away when he received the ball from Bobby Firmino. The ball breaks to Luis Diaz, who curls a beauty into the top corner but it is ruled out due to Robinson’s dissent in the build-up.
14 minutes: Liverpool go forward through the middle but Luis Diaz has to take the ball off the toe of Tosin Adarabioyo, who clears.
11 minutes: Liverpool are enjoying the lion’s share but Fulham’s players are too busy hustling and dribbling, giving them no time to settle on the ball. As it is a very hot day, so early in the season when no one is fully fit, how long will they be able to keep it up?
10 minutes: Andy Robertson buys the ball for a play deep in Liverpool territory as Fulham look to attack down the right.
8 minutes: Antonee Robinson tries to get forward on the left for Fulham but Jordan Henderson is out of position, sending the ball into the post.
7 minutes: The opening minutes were played almost entirely in Liverpool’s half of the pitch, but Thiago needed to get the upper hand on the right wing. He hits over his pass and sends the ball bouncing wide.
5 minutes: This is particularly impressive from Fulham, who show no signs of letting up their rising opposition. They win a corner when Joel Matip puts the ball out of play. Joel Matip leads the clear inswinger.
3 minutes: Trent Alexander-Arnold gave the ball away under pressure from Bobby Reed to give Mitrovic that early chance and Fulham continued their good start when Neeskens Kebano received a pss from Andreas Pereira and sent a cross from the right flash across the face the. goal of Liverpool. Outside of it.
1 min: Aleksandar Mitrovic latches on to a rogue pass, gets forward and directs a low shot wide of the far post. Great start for Fulham.
1 min: Liverpool rolled the ball and almost immediately they won a throw-in near the halfway line.
Not long now: Andy Madley and his fellow officials bring the two sides out to the Craven Cottage Wedding and are lining up ahead of the last of the pre-match formalities. The start is just a few handshakes, coin tosses and referee Madley’s whistle.
Fulham ticket prices: There was a lot of dissatisfaction among fans on this particular topic during the summer months. If you don’t have a season card, the cheapest adult ticket for today’s game is £65 (rising to £100!), while the most affordable child’s ticket is £35.
On BT Sport, Lynsey Hipgrave revealed that Tony Khan, the club’s vice-chairman, and CEO Alistair McIntosh were not prepared to speak to the network about these exorbitant prices during the week.
In the spirit of life and football fans googling, may I suggest that BT Sport look at their subscription fees and maybe get their own house in order before pointing fingers at others.
Fulham: Rodak, Tete, Adarabioyo, Ream, Robinson, Reed, Joao Palhinha, Reid, Andreas Pereira, Kebano, Mitrovic.
Subsidiaries: Solomon, Leno, Duffy, Mbabu, Cairney, Rodrigo Muniz, Francois, Harris, Stansfield.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago, Salah, Firmino, Diaz.
Subsidiaries: Gomez, Milner, Adrian, Elliott, Nunez, Carvalho, van den Berg, Bajcetic, Chambers.
Referee: Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire)
In the absence of Harry Wilson, Neeskens Kebano starts for Fulham. Goalkeeper Bernd Leno is a recent arrival from Arsenal, while Marek Rodak is starting between the sticks. Joao Palhina starts in midfield after his arrival from Sporting and fellow newcomer Andreas Perreira is also in the side. Fellow summer recruits Shane Duffy, Kevin Mbabu and Manor Solomon are all on the bench.
Alisson is back for Liverpool but otherwise it will be as you were from the Community Shield last Saturday. Bobby Firmino will lead Liverpool’s line, while new boy Darwin Nunez will have to settle for a place on the bench.
- Referee: Andy Madeley
- Assistants: Dan Cook and Derek Eaton
- Fourth Officer: Tony Harrington
- VAR: Stuart Attwell
Fulham have been dealt an early season hammer blow with the news that Harry Wilson could be out for at least two months with a knee injury the Wales international suffered in a behind closed doors friendly against Wolves. Joe Bryan has a broken arm and is likely to miss out, while Nathan Chalobah is also sidelined.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson is expected to return from injury against Fulham but his Irish understudy Caoimhin Kelleher is out with a groin injury and, according to manager Jurgen Klopp, is still “a few weeks away”.
Diogo Jota missed Liverpool’s entire pre-season with a hamstring injury he picked up on international duty earlier in the summer, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ibrahim Konate, Kostas Tsimikas and Curtis Jones have all been ruled out for today’s game. Naby Keita is ill but he could be involved.
With one game down and just 379 to go, the new Premier League season continues with Fulham welcoming Liverpool to Craven Cottage. It’s a scary prospect for the west London outfit, whose manager Marco Silva complained of a lack of new faces in his squad earlier this week. Since the addition of central defender Shane Duffy on loan from Brighton, Fulham hope to shed their reputation as a yo-yo club by avoiding an immediate return to the Championship.
In contrast, their visitors seemed to be firing on most – if not all – cylinders in the Community Shield last weekend and will be hoping to go one better this season last by winning the series. In a rather candid interview with the press, Silva admitted that his squad is not ready for the start of the season but Liverpool’s long list of injuries could give him hope of getting something out of this game. Kick-off will be at Craven Cottage at 12.30pm but keep an eye out in the meantime for team news and build-ups.