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Liverpool’s match against Fulham tonight at Anfield marks the beginning of the first leg of the second Carabao Cup semi-final.


The Reds are resolute in their pursuit of four trophies this season and are eager to face their west London rivals.


The absence of key players like Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson, Konstantinos Tsimikas, and Dominik Szoboszlai due to injuries has posed a challenge for the Reds.


Additionally, Mohamed Salah’s participation in the Africa Cup of Nations means Liverpool will be without his services as well. However, there is some positive news as captain Virgil van Dijk has recovered from his illness and is fit to play.


Looking back at Fulham’s previous encounter at Anfield, they came close to securing a victory, leading 3-2 until late goals turned the tide in Liverpool’s favor. Tonight, Fulham will be aiming for a significant win, but they might have to do it without the influential Tim Ream.


For live updates and expert analysis of the game, you can follow our dedicated match blog below, featuring insights from Dom Smith at Anfield.


During the press conference, Liverpool assistant boss Pep Lijnders emphasized the importance of utilizing the squad’s “many weapons” in the absence of their star players.


Liverpool, on the contrary, will need to rely on their “abundant arsenal” in the absence of key players. Trent Alexander-Arnold is currently sidelined due to injury, while Mohamed Salah is fulfilling his duties for the Africa Cup of Nations with Egypt.


Lijnders emphasized that no player is considered “irreplaceable” within the team. Liverpool possesses a plethora of talented individuals and does not solely depend on a select few. However, the absence of several key players from our leadership group, including Andy Robertson, Trent, and Mo, is undeniably a setback.


Recognizing the impact of missing three influential leaders, Lijnders acknowledged that it is indeed a setback. Nevertheless, he expressed confidence in the team’s hunger and determination to reach the closest possible final. Despite this, he emphasized the importance of showing respect towards Fulham, highlighting their clear and effective offensive strategy.


In the upcoming Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Fulham, Liverpool may have the opportunity to welcome back Virgil van Dijk, which would undoubtedly be a positive development for the team.


Van Dijk was absent from the FA Cup victory against Arsenal due to illness. However, Liverpool assistant Pep Lijnders has assured that the center-back is fit and prepared to face Fulham at Anfield on Wednesday evening.


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