Sky Sports pundit states his prediction for Fulham v Liverpool FC
Charlie Nicholas is backing Liverpool FC to ease to a resounding 3-0 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday
Charlie Nicholas is tipping Liverpool FC to ease to a resounding 3-0 victory over Fulham in their meeting at Craven Cottage on Sunday afternoon.
The Merseyside outfit are in fine form after Jurgen Klopp’s side booked their place in the Champions League quarter-finals in midweek.
Two goals from Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk’s header sealed a 3-1 victory over Bayern Munich in the second leg of their round of 16 tie.
Liverpool FC were 4-2 winners against Burnley last weekend to make a much-needed return to winning ways after a goalless stalemate with Everton at Goodison Park.
The Merseyside outfit are a point adrift of Premier League leaders Manchester City, who will be in FA Cup action this weekend.
The Reds have the opportunity to move two points ahead of Pep Guardiola’s side with a victory at Craven Cottage.
Former Arsenal midfielder Nicholas is confident that Liverpool FC will notch up a 3-0 win against the relegation candidates on Sunday afternoon.
“A fantastic result in Munich could come at a cost. Yes, you’re in the draw and you deserve to be there, but it wasn’t a good performance,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
“Bayern were terrible, Liverpool were just a shade better. Sadio Mane is the man, not Mohamed Salah or Roberto Firmino.
“Virgil van Dijk and Mane are the two getting them through this situation and I’m not convinced with their midfield either but I think Fulham are gone also [with Huddersfield].
“There’s a bit of pride to be left, but I don’t know what Scott Parker can do to keep anything going. I’m expecting Salah to get back on the scoresheet this weekend.
“It eases the burden of the pressure [City not playing in the league this weekend] because they don’t look really nervous. They do get agitated and frustrated, because when the front three are playing that well they need someone else to get them through.
“It has been Jurgen Klopp who has been getting caught up in the pressure of the situation but good coaches can ease the burden. I think it will be a fairly comfortable statement [by Liverpool] and it will be a statement of intent to say to Man City ‘we’re not going away’.”
Liverpool FC are looking to get their hands on their first piece of silverware under Klopp since the German head coach’s appointment back in October 2015.
The Reds have finished in fourth place in the last two Premier League seasons but Liverpool FC have made significant progress over the past 12 months.