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European break lifts Liverpool -- Jol

Fulham manager Martin Jol believes tonight's opponents Liverpool may be benefiting from a season without European football.

The Cottagers head into the Craven Cottage clash 13 points behind the Merseysiders, lying 15th in the Premier League table.

Fulham's Europa League exertions have been blamed for their indifferent domestic form.

Asked whether Liverpool have benefited from not being in Europe this season, Jol said: "That's what they say in England. They are quite clear about it, especially the big clubs and Liverpool are a big club."

Fulham face Liverpool on the back of Thursday's last-gasp Europa League defeat by FC Twente.

The Cottagers struggled going forward in Holland, a trait which has become a hallmark of their season.

Jol said: "Sometimes we have showed in Europe and sometimes in the league that we can score goals. We have scored two goals away from home against Wigan and six against QPR, but it is not the consistent thing that I would like it to be."

Fulham may well have to look for goals without key midfielder Damien Duff tonight.

The Ireland international was forced off in the first half of the defeat in Holland after suffering a recurrence of a calf injury.


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