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Q&A inför Fulham hemma

En reaktion, det är nog vad vi alla hoppas på när det är dags för match igen på söndag. Efter den oengagerade insatsen nere Belgrad behöver Liverpool verkligen visa sig från sin bästa sida igen. Motståndarna är även de i behov av en bra prestation. Fulham har inlett säsongen svagt och befinner sig just nu på den allra sista platsen i tabellen. Russ Goldman(@Russ_Goldman) följer laget och berättar här om hur comebacken i Premier League varit hittills:

1. You are back in Premier League after being relegated in 2014, can you tell us a bit about your way back?
Once Fulham got relegated, it has been a complete rebuild of the Club. The owner was new to English Football the season we got relegated, so he had to gain experience in owning a football club which he really got in the Championship. Those first couple of seasons were rough, but I think they found the identity of the club they wanted to be. The next step was finding the right manager, and they got him in Slavisa Jokanovic. After they got him, the club started to find players that fit into his attacking style. Once Fulham had most of the pieces in place on and off the pitch, they started to turn it around. The last piece of the puzzle was Aleksandar Mirtovic in January. Once he joined, Fulham Football Club were complete, and eventually gained promotion.

2. Do you think the Premier League has changed in anyway since the last time Fulham were up?

The Premier League has changed a great deal as the money in the league has really filtered to every team. There are no more Wigan’s or Blackburn’s that you can count on beating. Each match is a battle to win all 3 points.

3. How would you describe this team? Strenghts/weaknesses?

Fulham are a possession based team, and Jokanovic wants to control the play. Unfortunately he needs to learn that it is impossible against the top teams,so he still needs to tweak his style for the top oppnents. The major strength would be in attacking as Aleksandar Mirtovic is a handful. but the players around him can score goals as well. The glaring weakness is in defence, and it starts with individual mistakes. Most of the goals given up started with a Fulham mistake. Jokanovic and the players need to fix their issues, and the manager has to decide on a back four and just go with it. He has changed it too many times, and at some point he needs to find his back four.

4. Slavisa Jokanovic has been your manager since december 2015, what are your thoughts on him? Is he the right man for Fulham?
He is the right man for Fulham even if the club got relegated. Ownership wants an attacking style so Jokanovic fits what they want. He is still very new to the league, and he is still learning the league. It would be a huge mistake to sack him.

5. You have one of the most interesting young players in the country in Ryan Sessegnon, how has he adapted to the Premier League?
He has adapted well, but like most of the players, he is learning what he can and cannot do in the league. He is the most naturally gifted player I have ever seen at Fulham. It is his football mind that is his best asset, and should play an attacking role because he is so dangerous around the box.

6. You signed a lot of players during the summer, which of them has been most important to you so far?

Jean Michael Seri is the player for me as he came with huge credentials. As a central midfielder he can really create the play, and Fulham are lucky to have him.

7. How do you think you will lineup against Liverpool and what kind of game do you expect?

I could be wrong, but I think Jokanovic might play 3 at the back like he did against Arsenal. He was missing a few key players for that match, but they should be available against Liverpool. Fulham will come to play, and will not sit back, so a huge scoreline of 4-1 or worse to Liverpool is what I am expecting.

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