Fulham vs Liverpool LIVE: Premier League team news, lineups and more from opening weekend today

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Follow live coverage as Liverpool travel to Fulham on the opening weekend of the 2022/23 Premier League season.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds came just one point and one place short of Manchester City in the title race last season and begin their battle to go one better this time around against the newly-promoted Cottagers on Saturday lunchtime.

Centre-back Ibrahima Konate has joined an injury list which already includes Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring), Diogo Jota (thigh), Curtis Jones (calf), second-choice goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher (groin) and Kostas Tsimikas (knock), with Naby Keita also a doubt. For the hosts, Marco Silva could include headline summer arrival Joao Palhinha for his Premier League debut while last year’s Championship top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic will hope to pick up where he left off as they bid to avoid the drop.

Follow all the latest updates from Craven Cottage:

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Early team news for Fulham and Liverpool

Fulham have been hit with two big blows as Harry Wilson and Nathaniel Chalobah both picked up injuries in the pre-season and will miss this opening fixture against Liverpool.

Joe Bryan missed the club’s final friendly with Villarreal with a hand injury and will be assessed before the match to see if he is fit to start.

Liverpool have a number of injuries too but luckily goalkeeper Alisson is back after missing the Community Shiel and Naby Keita will be assessed after an illness.

Missing the game though will be Ibrahima Konate, Curtis Jones and Kostas Tsimikas who are all injured as well as Diogo Jota, Caoimhin Kelleher and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who are in the recovery phase following injuries sustained over the summer.

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New-look Arsenal show exciting signs of progress with winning start at Crystal Palace

Let’s recap the action from last night’s Premier League season opener as Crystal Palace hosted Arsenal.

A new season, a couple of new central characters, and a suggestion that this reality show may be on track for a sturdier but no less exciting ride this campaign.

A Brazilian named Gabriel did indeed open Arsenal’s Premier League account and although it may have been Martinelli who was the match-winner after finishing off a smart set-piece routine, the front line led by Jesus sparkled in this early examination of Mikel Arteta’s side.

Another recent arrival – although signed three years apart – was just as key. William Saliba made his long awaited Premier League debut and the 21-year-old was solid in defence as Crystal Palace increased the pressure and Selhurst Park rose at the hope of an equaliser late on.

This was the test that had been predicted but Arsenal did not follow the script. Instead, they held firm and Marc Guehi’s own goal, deflected past Vicente Guaita from Bukayo Saka’s cross, means the Gunners are already off to a better start than last season.

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Fulham vs Liverpool

Welcome to The Independent’s coverage of Fulham vs Liverpool from Craven Cottage.

Recently promoted from the Championship Fulham’s first match back in the top-flight could not be any more difficult as they welcome Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool who are on the search for Premier League glory after missing out by a point last year.

Both teams have brought in new signings this summer with former Man Utd midfielder Andreas Pereira and ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno joining Fulham. Liverpool meanwhile have a new striker in Darwin Nunez and a new attacking midfielder in Fabio Carvalho.

Who will shine and who will falter in London this afternoon?

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