English Premiership

All hands on deck for Fulham

2014-02-11 20:28
Rene Meulensteen (AFP)

London - Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen says it will be a cse of "all hands on deck" when his bottom of the Premier League side face in-form Liverpool on Wednesday.

The match, given the go ahead after planned industrial action on the London Underground was called off on Tuesday, will see Liverpool arrive in the capital fresh from their stunning 5-1 demolition of title contenders Arsenal last weekend.

However, Fulham too will be in good heart after a battling 2-2 draw away to champions Manchester United at Old Trafford, where Meulensteen served as a member of retired manager Alex Ferguson's backroom staff.

But Meulensteen was under no illusions about the scale of the task facing the Cottagers as they prepared to face a Liverpool side where manager Brendan Rodgers has been able to blend the talents of previously want-away Uruguay striker Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge into one of the most potent attacking forces in the league.

"It's been a job very well done from Brendan Rodgers to keep him (Suarez) at Liverpool and help him have the season he has had," said Meulensteen on Tuesday.

"How do you stop them (Liverpool)? They've had an incredible season, the pace and the penetration, the variety and the unpredictability in the way they can all score goals.

"So it has to be all hands on deck for us to make sure that we defend in a good, compact manner, that we keep communicating, don't leave gaps for them to get through and play through.

"But the defensive performance from Sunday was definitely a massive improvement, and we can build on that," he added.

Ferguson questioned Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard's status as a great player in his recent autobiography but Meulensteen was unstinting in his praise of the England midfielder.

"In my opinion he is a top player, definitely. Brendan is looking at the players available and where he will best slot in as well.

"If Lucas would be fit, then probably Lucas would play a bit deeper and Gerrard a bit freer.

"But he probably thinks Gerrard is the best to play the deeper role now, it suits him, he's got the range of passing to do it, so he's still a very important player for Liverpool."

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
13 September 2014
Arsenal v Manchester City, Emirates Stadium 13:45
Stoke City v Leicester City, Britannia Stadium 16:00
Crystal Palace v Burnley, Selhurst Park 16:00
Southampton v Newcastle United, St. Mary's Stadium 16:00
Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur, Stadium of Light 16:00
Chelsea v Swansea City, Stamford Bridge 16:00
West Bromwich Albion v Everton, The Hawthorns 16:00
Liverpool v Aston Villa, Anfield 18:30
14 September 2014
Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers, Old Trafford 17:00
15 September 2014
Hull City v West Ham United, The KC Stadium 21:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Is Louis van Gaal the right man to restore the glory days at United?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.