by Rhydon Atzenhoffer
January 26, 2011
The line-up cards have been turned in and it looks like it will be a great game tonight in front of the Anfield faithful. Only about half an hour until You Never Walk Alone will be belted from the Kop to the Shankley Gates.
Fulham will have to work hard as several players are missing due to injury and Asian Cup duty. Dickson Etuhu is out but Aaron Hughes will start despite his recent knock. Bobby Zamora is still sidelined due to a broken leg, and first choice keeper Mark Schwarzer is away with Australia as they continue to march on through the Asian Cup. Clint Dempsey and Andrew Johnson will both hope their current form will help lift their side as both have been enjoying a rich vein of goal scoring as of the new year. Steve Sidwell is set to make his first start for his new club since arriving from Aston Villa earlier in the month.
Liverpool welcome back Steven Gerrard and Pepe Reina will return the captains armband after the former serving his three match ban for a Red Card picked up against Manchester United a fortnight ago. Martin Kelly again will be in the side for Kenny Dalglish as the young defender is establishing himself in the starting eleven nicely. Fernando Torres and Raul Meireles look to continue their goal scoring exploits as the Reds look to strike a dagger into the Cottagers and ride three points into the top ten of the table.
Liverpool: Reine; Kelly, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson, Meireles, Poulsen, Kuyt, Gerrard, Maxi, Torres.
Fulham: Stockdale; Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Baird, Duff, Sidwell, Murphy (c), Dempsey, Dembele, A Johnson