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Liverpool predicted XI vs Fulham as Alisson gives Jurgen Klopp an injury boost

Liverpool's injury crisis continues as Jurgen Klopp's side visit Fulham on Sunday looking to keep pace with Tottenham at the top of the Premier League.

Sensational summer signing Diogo Jota is the latest player to suffer a setback after the striker was ruled out for up to two months with a knee injury he sustained in midweek.

Jota's injury means Klopp is still without eight first-team stars as his side make the trip to Craven Cottage.

Despite their crippling casualty list, the Reds went into the weekend level on points with league leaders Spurs, who are away to Crystal Palace on Sunday before Liverpool's clash against Fulham.

There is at least some good news on the injury front for Liverpool, with Alisson set to return between the sticks after missing three matches with a thigh injury.

That means Caioimhin Kelleher will be demoted back to the bench after some promising performances while standing in for the Brazilian.

Klopp can also welcome Trent Alexander-Arnold back to his Premier League starting line-up after the right-back played the full 90 minutes of Wednesday's draw with Midtjylland in the Champions League.

Alexander-Arnold came off the bench during last weekend's 4-0 thumping of Wolves having missed several games with a calf injury.

He will line up in defence alongside Joel Matip and makeshift centre-back Fabinho, plus left-back Andy Robertson.

Like Alexander-Arnold, Naby Keita also started against Midtjylland after a cameo appearance against Wolves, although the midfielder may have to settle for a place on the bench at Craven Cottage.

Klopp could faith with Gini Wijnaldum, skipper Jordan Henderson and youngster Curtis Jones after the engine room performed well against Nuno Espirio Santo's team.

And with Jota ruled out, the Reds boss is likely to use the same three-man attack that tore Wolves apart, with Roberto Firmino up front and Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane on the flanks.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back in training after a knee injury, although the Fulham game may come too soon for him, while Konstantinos Tsimikas will be assessed after being forced off against Midtjylland.

James Milner, Thiago Alcantara and Xherdan Shaqiri are all still battling back from injuries, while Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are sidelined long-term.

Fulham boss Scott Parker has no new injuries so could name the same side that beat Leicester before losing to Manchester City last weekend.

Liverpool predicted XI vs Fulham (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson; Jones, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane

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