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Premier League champions, Liverpool, are turning back to national affairs Sunday as they travel to Craven Cottage to face struggling Fulham.
The Reds reserved their place in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday with an impressive 3-1 win over Bayern Munich, champion of Germany, at the Allianz Arena.
Fulham had a free week to prepare for Sunday's clash as they seek their first points under the acting director, Scott Parker.
Date: Sunday March 17th
Time: 14:15 GMT, 10:15 ET
TV Info: Sky Sports Premier League (United Kingdom), NBCSN (United States)
Match odds (via Oddschecker): Fulham 11-1, Liverpool 1-4, tie 6-1
Liverpool has the chance to overtake Manchester City and return to the top of the Premier League on Sunday with a win, while Pep Guardiola's team competes in the FA Cup against Swansea City on Saturday.
However, the manager Jurgen Klopp is more focused on the result than on the return to the top of the ranking:
Klopp: "Being ahead of City when they have a match in hand is not very important, but we want to win our match on Sunday." #LFC
The boss of Liverpool told a club press conference will be held without Jordan Henderson due to an ankle injury against Bayern, while Naby Keita will be evaluated to see if he is fit enough to play.
Fabinho has replaced Henderson against Bayern and should retain his place in midfield Liverpool for the trip to London.
The match is an excellent opportunity for Liverpool to put pressure on defending champion Manchester City considering the bad season of Fulham.
Whites are just three points down the table and have lost 10 of their 11 games in all competitions in 2019.
Parker has overseen the losses to Chelsea and Leicester City in his first two games in charge since replacing Claudio Ranieri at the helm, but still thinks his team can stay put:
Scott: "I think we can stay in. I see the quality in this team, but I know and understand that it will be very difficult, even if there are points, it is possible." #FULLIV https://t.co/PB50gc12fl
Fulham will have to start accumulating points quickly if he wants to have a chance to beat the ball. It may be necessary to rely on Liverpool for his last two games in the league.
However, the Cottagers have the worst defense in the Premier League, with 68 goals conceded in 30 games, and it is difficult to see them stand apart from those of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.