In the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final at Craven Cottage on Wednesday night, Fulham and Liverpool will battle it out for a spot at Wembley against either Chelsea or Middlesbrough.
In their first meeting at Anfield two weeks ago, the Cottagers came close to winning, but the game ended 2-1, leaving the Reds as the latest victims of a comeback.
Fulham didn’t need any instruction in scoring goals at Anfield if December’s seven-goal display was any indication. This is true even though Liverpool won 4-3 in the Premier League extravaganza. Willian’s goal just 19 minutes into the game stunned the Kop into silence.
The former Chelsea player took advantage of an unusual error by Virgil van Dijk, and Fulham’s strong defense held firm until Curtis Jones’s extremely fortunate deflection equalizer, which arrived just seconds before Cody Gakpo completed a classic Reds comeback.
Although Fulham’s demise at Anfield was sealed with the arrivals of Gakpo and chaos agent Darwin Nunez, who finished the game with two assists, there was still hope among the away supporters since their first-ever EFL Cup semi-final match is far from over.
With Fulham hoping to become the 37th different side to play in the EFL Cup final, they will have to overcome an ugly trend that has plagued many first-leg losers prior to them: just 25% of teams that were defeated in the first semi-final encounter managed to win the game in the second meeting.