Henderson & Keita hand Liverpool timely fitness boosts after shaking off hamstring problems

Henderson & Keita hand Liverpool timely fitness boosts after shaking off hamstring problems
Liverpool receive major injury boost ahead of Premier League clash with Fulham
• Manager tells players to show more effort at Liverpool• Jokanovic dismisses gossip that he may be sacked

Jokanovic led Fulham to promotion via the play-offs in May and less than five months later is under mounting pressure, with Fulhams former captain and current first-team coach Scott Parker linked with the managers post should, as some expect, Jokanovic be sacked during the international break which follows Sundays visit to Liverpool.

Read more Speaking on Friday, the Serb dismissed stories linking Parker with his job as gossip before sending out a clear message that it is Fulhams players and not the manager who have been most at fault in recent weeks, and especially during Mondays 1-0 defeat at Huddersfield.

In the press there are many different names but right now, where we are in bottom of the Premier League, this speculation is normal, Jokanovic said. But I dont have time to gossip. I dont need to change anything. My mentality is always the same; I want to push my team and find the brave people around me. Last game we chose an ugly way to lose. You must be proud, competitive and fight. We are not showing this quality, we must wake up and when we lose the game we must know how we lost it. We can not sell our skin so cheap.

“There will certainly be changes for Sunday’s clash with Fulham,” he claimed. “Having sat out the past four matches, Henderson is poised to make his comeback after returning to fitness and Keita should also be involved.

Fulham have conceded 29 goals in 11 games – the worst defensive record in the division and something Liverpool will feel they can exploit at Anfield. Jokanovic said Jürgen Klopps team have important weapons but having witnessed Red Star Belgrade overcome Liverpool in midweek, he feels his team can do the same if they show the same level of desire and dedication.

The Guinean didn’t come off the bench midweek against Red Star, while Hendo wasn’t even available as a sub, but the pair could be named in the side following the horrible 2-0 defeat that featured an incredibly lacklustre midfield.

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We must work all together and be brave, he said. If we are jogging on the field and people think we will get a present, this is the wrong way. We must show more effort.

1:25 Slavisa Jokanovic insists he is ignoring gossip about his future as Fulham boss and remains fully focused on improving the team as they battle relegation. Slavisa Jokanovic insists he is ignoring gossip about his future as Fulham boss and remains fully focused on improving the team as they battle relegation. Slavisa Jokanovic insists he is ignoring gossip about his future as Fulham boss and remains fully focused on improving the team as they battle relegation.

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Fulham owner Shahid Khan has said he wants to stay loyal to the manager, who led the club to promotion, but defeat to high-flying Liverpool on Sunday lunchtime is certain to increase pressure on the under-fire Craven Cottage boss.


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