On Friday night, Fulham took over Rotherham United at Craven Cottage, after Bobby Decordova-Reid scored in the 24th minute.
Before the match, there was speculation that the home team would rotate the squad and keep an eye on Liverpool, considering Rotherham sit bottom of the Championship with 18 points from 26 games.
– Tomorrow there will be a match in the FA Cup, and it is natural that we take this competition seriously as well. “We showed last season how important this tournament is for us,” Marco Silva said when he met the press on Thursday.
– We are proud to be competing in this tournament, and it is absolutely certain that the eleven teams that start tomorrow have the desire to advance in the tournament.
Meet Liverpool in the League Cup
The FA Cup went well last year and Fulham reached the quarter-finals, where they lost to Manchester United (1-3). However, it's hard to ignore how close they came to reaching the cup final in the League Cup.
-We have a way of visualizing all the competitions, and thinking about the right time for each.
-We had a very busy December. We played a lot of games, got to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup, and it was very busy.
Throughout their history, Fulham have never won a major trophy.
– It is difficult for us to say that we will give priority to one match in one tournament. But of course, you don't always have the opportunity to play in the semi-finals.
There were eight changes
Fassett made eight changes to the team that beat Arsenal 2-1 on New Year's Eve. In the FA Cup started:
Marek Rodak – Kenny Tete, Tosin Adarabioyo, Issa Diop, Timothy Castagne – Harrison Reed, Sasa Lukic, Andreas Pereira, Bobby Decordova Reed – Rodrigo Muniz.
First chance Bernd Leno got a break on the floor. Full-back Anthony Robinson, who has been linked with Liverpool, entered after 82 minutes.
Further forward on the pitch, Bayern Munich-linked Joao Balenha sat on the bench throughout the match. So did striker Raul Jimenez. In-form player Tom Cairney and Willian came on after 74 minutes.
Otherwise, Nigerian duo Calvin Bassey and Alex Iwobi traveled to the Africa Cup of Nations. They both started against Arsenal. Foday Balou Toure is also with Senegal.
The other Friday matches in the third round ended as follows:
Brentford – Wolverhampton 1-1 (Neal Maupay, Thomas Doyle).
Tottenham – Burnley 1-0 (Pedro Boro).
You can watch the Arsenal-Liverpool match starting at 17:30 on Sunday on TV3+/Viaplay. Liverpool – Fulham from 21:00 Wednesday on V Sport 1/Viaplay.
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