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Liverpool v Fulham: Match Preview

Liverpool welcome Fulham to Anfield tonight. (©GettyImages)
Liverpool welcome Fulham to Anfield tonight. (©GettyImages).

Liverpool v Fulham; Premier League; Anfield; Tuesday 1 May 2012, 19:45 KO

Team News

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll has recovered from the injury which meant he missed Saturday's 3-0 victory over Norwich.

The £35million signing was left out by Kenny Dalglish for the weekend trip to Carrow Road, but will be available for selection tonight.

The Reds boss may reshuffle his pack with one eye on the FA Cup final clash with Chelsea at Wembley in just four days time, so expect there to be further changes to the hosts line-up.

Meanwhile, Fulham boss Martin Jol has concerns over Andy Johnson, who missed the recent 4-0 defeat against Everton with an adductor injury.

He may be forced to join Stephen Kelly in waiting for his first-team return, alongside long-term absentees Bryan Ruiz (foot), Steve Sidwell (hernia) and Zdenek Grygera (knee) on the sidelines.


Shelvey seeks Wembley audition



After playing the full 90 minutes of Liverpool's 3-0 victory over Norwich at Carrow Road on Saturday, Jonjo Shelvey is hoping for another chance to impress in the Reds' midfield in tonight's Anfield clash against Fulham.

The 19-year-old is looking to capture the attention of Kenny Dalglish as the England U21 international bids to force his way into the Wembley starting XI for next weekend's FA Cup final clash against Chelsea.

"I enjoyed it and there's nothing better than when you've come off the pitch having played the full 90 minutes and the team has won," Shelvey told Liverpoolfc.tv.

"If I'm selected I will give it my all and try my best for the team. You have to try and force your way into the gaffer's plans, not just during a match but every day in training.

"There's not a day you can come in to this club and rest on your laurels. You have to give it everything you have got every day.

"The FA Cup final can wait until Saturday and this is our important game because it is the next one. You can't just forget about the league and the manager has put that into our heads all week.

"For me as a young boy who might not get a chance in the cup final this is my chance, if selected, to play for Liverpool in the league."

Liverpool's home form has been pretty poor having lost two and drawn one of their three Premier League games at Anfield since their Merseyside derby victory over Everton on March 13.

But, Shelvey insists he, and the rest of his teammates are determined to deliver a much needed three points in the club's penultimate home game in 2011-12.

"We've got to get back to winning ways at home first and foremost," he continued. "It doesn't matter who our opponents are, and we have to start turning those draws into wins.

"We know we are good enough. We have missed so many chances this season and we need to put them away and start finishing teams off.

"Fulham lost 4-0 at Everton on Saturday and they will be looking to get over that defeat. I know Fulham are a very good team with a great manager but we've just got to stick at what we are good at and hopefully that will be enough."

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