Fulham-Liverpool Preview

TOM BENNETT (STATS European Football Writer)

Liverpool will be looking to bounce back when they welcome Fulham to Anfield on Saturday.

Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool (6-2-2) suffered their second defeat of the season last weekend when they were beaten 2-0 by league leaders Arsenal. That loss ended a terrific run of results for the Merseyside club, who had picked up 10 points from their previous four games - scoring 12 goals in the process. Speaking ahead of Fulham's visit, Rodgers was keen to move on from the Arsenal defeat and give credit instead to the terrific performances of star player Luis Suarez since his return from a biting ban.

"Speaking to Luis over the last couple of days, he's as happy as he's ever been at the club," said Rodgers. "He recognises that we have a real genuine chance this year. Last year was transition. He had a difficult summer but he's come back and is more mature and his performance level has been really high. I think he sees a genuine chance for us to make that top four. He's very happy here.

"Also from the club's perspective, we made a stance last summer - not only for Luis but every player. If there's a time to sell a player we'll do that, if not, then we won't."

Fulham (3-1-6) have won just two of their last nine games and are just two points above the bottom three going into the latest round of matches. Playmaker Bryan Ruiz was booed off by fans in last weekend's disappointing 3-1 defeat to Manchester United at Craven Cottage, but Martin Jol called for the supporters to get behind the players after a tricky start to the campaign.

"I don't think you are under pressure against Liverpool or Manchester United. You are under pressure in your home games against teams who should lose points against us," said Jol. "If the fans are disappointed I can understand that. The only disappointing thing for me was with Ruiz. As long as we don't have the results they can boo me, but hopefully they will support the team.

"We are not in the best of situations, but we are not in the worst. We had a very difficult schedule. We have played most of the top teams in difficult away games. We need a few surprise results and maybe we can start against Liverpool."

Liverpool have injury doubts over Steven Gerrard (hip), Glen Johnson (illness) and Jose Enrique (knee), while Iago Aspas (thigh) and Sebastian Coates (knee) are out. Fulham are missing Hugo Rodallega (groin) and Matthew Briggs (groin), but may be able to call upon Brede Hangeland after the centre-back's recovery from a leg injury.

Rodgers' side did the double over Fulham last season, hammering the Cottagers 4-0 at Anfield and 3-1 at Craven Cottage. Those results were payback for the Reds after they lost both league meetings in the 2011-12 season while being held without a goal.

Striker Daniel Sturridge scored a hat-trick in last season's win at Fulham, and the English striker has already bagged eight goals this season - making him the Premier League's joint-top scorer alongside Manchester City's Sergio Aguero.