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Liverpool forward Luis Suarez reacts during the English Premier League game against Arsenal, November 2. Reuters
Liverpool forward Luis Suarez reacts during the English Premier League game against Arsenal, November 2. Reuters
Liverpool forward Luis Suarez reacts during the English Premier League game against Arsenal, November 2. Reuters

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Liverpool did not have the greatest of times at the Emirates last weekend, where Arsenal eased past them to go five points clear in the English Premier League table.

On Saturday, Brendan Rodgers will expect a response from his side when they host struggling Fulham at Anfield.

The Arsenal fixture was supposed to be a measure of Liverpool's capabilities to cut it with the top teams this season; they did not pass that test with flying colours, but it will be soon forgotten if they can pick up all three points against Fulham with an authoritative performance thrown in for good measure.

"Having analysed the [Arsenal] game twice afterwards, I thought they had better control of the game than us; that's something that is part of our identity that we're looking to improve," Rodgers said. "But in terms of chances, we could have got something from the game. That always gives us great hope. We didn't play to our maximum but we still could have had something from it.

"We're just looking to grow and improve our level in every aspect. That's something we'll continue to work on.

"If you look at where we're at, if you're averaging two points a game you would like to think you would get into the Champions League. Come Saturday, if we can get another three points -- which we'll be fighting hard for -- that would take us above that."

Fulham have looked out of sorts this season, with fans calling for manager Martin Jol to be sacked, after seeing their team languishing near the bottom of the table with just ten points from ten matches.

Jol, though, believes Fulham are just a win or two away from finding their form and starting that climb up the table. "We experienced this before at this club over the last 10 years, so hopefully we will get results," Jol said. "Look at Cardiff City. They were in the same position then they won the derby game against Swansea City and now they're fine.

"So that's what we look for, 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."

Team News: Liverpool welcome back Glen Johnson, after the right-back was missed sorely in the loss to Arsenal last weekend due to illness. "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. But he's fine for the game and has looked good in training this week."

Fellow fullback Jose Enrique could also return for the first time since the beginning of October, with the Spaniard set to undergo a late fitness test.

Fulham will have to do without Sascha Riether, who starts a three-match ban, handed retrospectively for stamping on Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj. Hugo Rodallega and Matthew Briggs also miss out, but Brede Hangeland could make a return from injury.

Key men: Liverpool: Has to be the SAS combine of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, who will be raring to go after being kept rather quiet by the Arsenal defenders last weekend.

Fulham: Dimitar Berbatov has not been his usual best this season. Maybe a big game against Liverpool is the kind of challenge that the former Manchester United man requires to get his campaign up and running.

Where to watch

The game is scheduled for an 8.30 pm IST start with live coverage on Star Sports HD1. You can also catch the match live online by clicking the official link HERE. 

Expected lineups: Liverpool: Mignolet; Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Cissokho; Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson; Suarez, Sturridge, Coutinho.

Fulham: Stekelenburg; Hughes, Senderos, Amorebieta, Richardson; Sidwell, Parker; Kasami, Berbatov, Kacaniklic; Bent.

Prediction: 2-0 to Liverpool

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