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Liverpool will be hoping to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat to Arsenal when they face Fulham at Anfield on Saturday, with all the attention falling on Luis Suarez to open the scoring (KO 15:00GMT).
A bright opening aside, Brendan Rodgers side were second best throughout on their way to only their second league defeat of the season.
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The Reds boss will be expecting a big response from his side on Saturday as they bid to close the gap at the top to 2 points, for 24 hours at least.
The club welcome back Glen Johnson after the England defender missed the game with the Gunners through illness, with Rodgers confirming the wing back is fit to play.
“Glen Johnson will be fit,” Rodgers said.
“He’s fine. He’s trained this week – it was just one of those peculiar things that happened.
“Maybe if it had been a day earlier, he may have been able to play (at Arsenal). But he’s fine for the game and has looked good in training this week.”
Philippe Coutinho should also start after his promising display from the bench last weekend after an enforced absence. The Brazilian will be tasked with supplying Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez with the ammunition to add to their 14 league goals this season.
Fulham meanwhile will head into the game with the pressure firmly on manager Martin Jol.
The Cottagers, 3-1 losers to Manchester United last weekend, their third straight defeat, currently lie 16th in the table and have won just three games all season.
Despite their inconsistent form, Jol has urged the club’s fans to get behind the players.
“If they (the fans) are disappointed I can understand that,” he said. “As long as we don’t have the results they can do it (be disappointed) with me, but hopefully they will support our team because we are not in the best of situations, but not in the worst.
“We look for a few results. You have to start somewhere to get wins under your belt and then go from there. We need a few surprise results and maybe we can start against Liverpool.”
Jol could welcome back defender Brede Hangeland for the game but Hugo Rodallega, Matthew Briggs and the suspended Sascha Riether are all out.