Mohamed Salah is looking to match a Premier League record when Liverpool open the new season away to Fulham this week live on talkSPORT.
The Egyptian has scored on the opening day of the season in each of his five seasons at the Reds – which is already an English top-flight record.
Salah’s seven career strikes on matchday one leaves him just one behind Alan Shearer, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney on eight.
And the 30-year-old would be heavily tipped to match them against the newly-promoted Fulham considering his pre-season form.
Salah bagged in the Community Shield win over Manchester City to add to goals he scored in friendly wins over Crystal Palace and RB Leipizig.
Fulham v Liverpool: talkSPORT commentary
This Premier League match will take place on Saturday, August 6.
talkSPORT will have live and exclusive coverage of the match at Craven Cottage which will kick-off at 12:30pm.
Reshmin Chowdhury will be your presenter while commentary comes from Clive Tyldesley and former Republic of Ireland midfielder Andy Townsend.
To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream. You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.
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Fulham v Liverpool: Team news
The hosts have struggled to add to their small squad this summer with manager Marco Silva even admitting his side aren’t ready for the new season.
Bernd Leno should make his debut however after arriving from Arsenal but Harry Wilson will miss out on a reunion with his former team due to injury.
As for Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp has a decision to make whether to start Darwin Nunez over Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to score last weekend.
Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz will be flanking whoever gets the nod but both Diogo Jota and Ibrahima Konate are both side lined through injury.
Fulham v Liverpool: What has been said?
“No,” Silva replied when asked if Fulham are ready for the new season. “These players, they are ready for the Premier League.
“The players that we have right now, I congratulate them for the work they have been doing. I’m always behind them, they did fantastic last season.
“We, as a squad, we are not ready. These players, they are ready.
“I have to tell you, and I don’t want to speak for too much time about the situation, I want to be clear with you; now we have 16 senior players in our squad.
“No one competes at this level with 16 senior players in your squad.
“I will tell you one more. No one can prepare for one season with just two central defenders. We have two central defenders at this level.
“I can continue and not stop, but I don’t want to talk more about it, I’m talking because you asked me about it.
“I have to congratulate our players because they have worked really hard but anyone that understands football can see that we need at least five or six more players, that is clear.”
Fulham v Liverpool: Match facts
- Mohamed Salah has scored in Liverpool’s opening Premier League game in each of his five seasons with the club, with the Egyptian the only player in the competition’s history to score on MD1 five years in a row. Indeed, he has seven such goals in total, with only three players netting more (Alan Shearer, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney, 8 each).
- Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored 24 goals in 104 Premier League games, netting once on average every 286 minutes in the competition. This is a stark contrast to his Championship record, where the Serbian has scored 85 goals in 126 games, netting once on average every 117 minutes.
- This will be Fulham boss Marco Silva’s first Premier League game in 976 days, a 5-2 defeat with Everton against Liverpool in December 2019. There have been just three occasions of a manager having a longer gap between Premier League games with both of them coming against the same side – Kevin Keegan (2054 days between 1997 and 2002, vs Leeds), Alan Pardew (1308 days between 2007 and 2010, vs Liverpool) and Keegan again (1048 days between 2005 and 2008, vs Bolton).
- In their last Premier League season in 2020-21, Fulham became the first side to fail to reach double figures for goals in home league games in English league history (9 in 19 games). They’ve failed to score more than once in any of their last 14 Premier League home games, netting just four goals in total in that run.
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 19 Premier League games (W16 D3) since a 1-0 loss at Leicester in December 2021. The Reds have won their last three despite conceding the opening goal within the opening 15 minutes each time – only Arsenal (March 2012) have ever won four consecutive Premier League games from behind.
- Fulham are winless in their last 10 Premier League games (D2 L8), with their last top-flight victory coming against Liverpool in March 2021.
- Liverpool have won their first Premier League match in each of the last four seasons, the longest ongoing run in the top-flight, scoring at least three goals in every victory (15 goals in total).
- On the five previous occasions Fulham have been newly promoted to the English top-flight, they have lost their first league match of the season, doing so in 1949-50, 1959-60, 2001-02, 2018-19 and 2020-21.
- Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp lost his first Premier League meeting with Marco Silva in February 2017, with his side losing 0-2 away at Hull. Since then, Klopp is unbeaten in his last four against the Portuguese in the competition (W2 D2), with the most recent being a 5-2 win against Silva’s Everton.
- Fulham were unbeaten across both Premier League games against Liverpool in 2020-21, drawing 1-1 at home and winning 1-0 at Anfield. Despite suffering relegation that season, the Cottagers’ four points against the Reds was their joint-most against an opponent (also four v Sheffield United and West Brom).
The Premier League is back and talkSPORT has it covered, with games on Friday, Saturday and Monday, beginning with Crystal Palace vs Arsenal on 5 August
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