Saturday December 22, 2012 Day 18 Finished Anfield

Liverpool 4 - 0 Fulham

  • Škrtel 8’
  • Gerrard 36’
  • Downing 51’
  • Suarez 90’

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  • Live Commentary

    • Liverpool
    • Fulham
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+3' FULL TIME. Skrtel, Gerrard, Downing and Suarez all on target as Liverpool climb the table to eighth. Downing the star of the show.
    • 90+2' GOAL! Liverpool 4-0 Fulham! Liverpool go short from a corner and Enrique takes it to the byline before teeing up Suarez, who side-foots home from about five yards out.
    • 90+2' Fulham hit the post with a lovely free-kick from Rodallega! Reina got a touch to it too.
    • 90+1' We will have three added minutes.
    • 90' Dejagah takes aim from range and has an effort deflected up and over the bar.
    • 89' Nothing to report as the game draws to a tentative close. Going through the motions.
    • 87' Good save! Schwarzer tips a curling free-kick from Suarez round the post as Fulham try to keep it to three.
    • 85' Karagounis is in the book for sticking out a leg and bringing down Sterling.
    • 84' Stat from Infostrada: "Liverpool have not won any PL match by a four-goal margin in 20 months, since a 5-0 home win against Birmingham City in April 2011."
    • 83' A change for Liverpool as Lucas is removed and Jamie Carragher brought on in his place.
    • 82' Berba in action again as he fires in a low effort from an angle. Reina saves though - no problem for the keeper.
    • 81' Berbatov has Fulham's second shot on target as his low, bobbling effort is spilled by Reina before the keeper recovers.
    • 80' Unlucky! Suarez wriggles away from Hangeland and Hughes but can't quite keep his balance as Schwarzer comes out to smother the ball.
    • 79' From the free-kick, the ball finds Gerrard at the back post following a touch from Johnson but his low effort is saved by Schwarzer.
    • 78' Dejagah is booked for a pretty poor challenge on Sterling as he cleans the young winger out.
    • 77' Fulham have had one shot on target today. It's been a hopeless performance from the visitors.
    • 76' Stat from Infostrada: "Steven Gerrard supplied two assists in a PL match for the first time in over three years (since v Stoke in August 2009)."
    • 75' Sterling throws himself to ground under pressure from Riether in the box. A hopeful shout for a penalty that goes unheeded.
    • 74' Allen does come on to replace Shelvey in midfield.
    • 73' Sterling and Shelvey combine nicely but the winger floats a deflected shot wide after a neat one-two.
    • 72' And here comes another change as Joe Allen strips off...
    • 71' Liverpool make a change as Suso comes off for Raheem Sterling, who signed a big new contract this week.
    • 69' Downing almost scores another! He lets fly from 25 yards and watches his swerving effort soar just wide. He is in inspired form today.
    • 68' Johnson lashes a shot jut wide of the near post as Liverpool press for a fourth.
    • 66' To be honest this game appears to be over as a contest - though Fulham have improved in the past five or so minutes they don't look like scoring at all.
    • 64' Dejagah pulls out a nice backheel to find Frei in the box but Skrtel intervenes.
    • 63' Stat from Infostrada: "This is the first time Downing has a goal and assist in the same PL match since February 2011 (for Villa against Blackburn)."
    • 61' Reina throws out an arm to block a cross from the left as Liverpool come under pressure - a rarity in this game.
    • 60' Infostrada: "This is the seventh time this season that Fulham have conceded three PL goals in a match."
    • 58' Rodallega almost gets to a corner but the top of his head just glances the ball as it goes behind for a goal-kick to Liverpool.
    • 57' Fulham have been utterly atrocious today. No fight, no spirit, no proper resistance.
    • 56' Downing wants a free-kick when being blocked off by Hangeland but the pass from Suarez had already gone.
    • 55' Suarez carries the ball forward and plays in Shelvey, who has a shot deflected over the bar.
    • 55' Richardson is promptly replaced by Kerim Frei.
    • 54' Johnson is into the book for a messy challenge on Richardson. The first booking of the match.
    • 53' That was Downing's first Premier League goal for Liverpool. Earlier he collected his first assist.
    • 52' GOAL! Liverpool 3-0 Fulham! Downing is allowed to cut onto his left and the winger unleashes a firm drive that flies past Schwarzer. What a hit.
    • 50' Schwarzer is under pressure one again but clasps a cross from the right. The Fulham keeper is about his side's only decent performer so far this evening.
    • 49' Schwarzer comes to get his fist to a ball and Rodallega tidies up by hitting the ball clear. Fulham under more pressure now.
    • 48' Stat from Infostrada: "This was Liverpool’s biggest half time lead at Anfield since May (against Chelsea)."
    • 47' Liverpool go close! Downing's cross from the right is deflected into the path of Suarez, who is completely unmarked at the back post. He should sweep the ball home but puts it wide on the volley. Poor.
    • 46' Fulham made a change at the break with Hugo Rodallega on for Kacaniklic.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
    • 45' HALF TIME. Liverpool nicely in control thanks to goals from Skrtel and Gerrard.
    • 44' Suarez collects a ball over the top of the defence and tries to stab a shot home at the near post. Meanwhile, Shelvey goes down after colliding with Hangeland. He needs a bit of treatment.
    • 43' By the way, that was Downing's first Premier League assist for Liverpool. Not a bad way to get it.
    • 42' Stat from Infostrada: "Steven Gerrard scored his third PL goal of the season. His last two both came in home defeats (to Manchester United and Aston Villa)."
    • 40' Lovely passing move from Liverpool and Suarez plays in Suso, who takes a touch and pulls his shot across goal.
    • 39' A nasty backpass bounces in for Schwarzer and he clears rather unconvincingly.
    • 38' Just had to have a quick lie down after comparing Downing to Xavi. Anyway, you really must see this pass to believe it.
    • 37' Honestly, that pass from Downing was like seeing Xavi at his best.
    • 36' GOAL! Liverpool 2-0 Fulham! Stewart Downing produces a glorious assist, looking the other way as he plays a perfectly weighted ball in for Gerrard, who times his run perfectly to latch onto the ball and bury his shot in the far corner.
    • 35' Liverpool in dominant form at the moment.
    • 33' Schwarzer comes to pluck a cross out of the air. Assertive goalkeeping.
    • 32' Hangeland can't get on the end of a Richardson free-kick from the right and Berbatov stands and watches as the ball wizzes by at the back post. He should have attacked that.
    • 31' Stat from Infostrada: "Liverpool have failed to score more than once in the first half of any PL home match this season."
    • 29' That was the first real time Fulham have threatened this evening. They have been a bit poor in all honesty.
    • 27' Richardson advances for Fulham and wrongfoots Jose Reina with a drive from range. The keeper has to save with his legs.
    • 26' If we are being kind to Agger then the ball came in at quite a pace and it was bouncing too, but there's really no excuse not to score that.
    • 25' WHAT A MISS! Oh my. Suarez displays great close control to dink a pass to Gerrard and when his shot comes off Hangeland and drops back to the striker, he fizzzes it across goal. Daniel Agger slides in to convert, surely, but sends the ball high into the upper tier on the stretch from only five yards out.
    • 23' Suarez finds space for the first time in this game and from just outside the box drags his effort wide of the far post. That lacked direction and pace.
    • 22' At the other end, Alex Kacaniklic causes havoc in the Liverpool box but the home side are able to clear.
    • 21' Skrtel gets in behind Hangeland but his header from a tight angle is saved by Schwarzer. More slack defending from Fulham.
    • 20' Riether, by the way, looks to have made a recovery from that injury problem as he is running around like normal.
    • 19' This is all too comfortable for Liverpool at the moment. Fulham haven't turned up yet.
    • 17' Downing whips in a cross from the right and Brede Hangeland gets his head to it, sending the ball spinning out for a throw.
    • 16' Ashkan Dejagah produces a fine backheeled pass but it comes to little.
    • 15' Philippe Senderos is warming up for Fulham but for the moment Riether is continuing.
    • 14' It looks as though Sascha Riether will have to come off. He has limped over to the touchline and appears to be having trouble with his hamstring.
    • 13' Downing cuts in from the right onto his left foot and unleashes a ferocious drive that Schwarzer touches round the post. The ref doesn't spot the save though so it is a goal-kick.
    • 12' Stat from Infostrada: "Martin Skrtel scored his seventh career PL goal, and second of the season after netting at Anfield against Manchester City in August."
    • 10' Shelvey tries and fails to bring down a great ball over the top of the defence by Enrique.
    • 9' GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Fulham! Martin Skrtel volleys the ball home from inside the box to give Liverpool the lead. He is able to pull a corner down and then rifles the volley home. Terrible marking but a great finish.
    • 8' Enrique produces a lovely piece of control with his chest but his fierce low cross is behind his team-mates in the box. Now Shelvey tries to convert with a backheel.
    • 7' Shelvey touches the ball into the path of Suarez but the striker can't get it under control on the edge of the box.
    • 6' Agger has a free header from the corner but gets under the ball and his effort flies over the bar. The first chance of the game.
    • 5' Enrique - who now has a taste for attack after being used in an advanced role of late - embarks on a brilliant run into the box and wins a corner.
    • 4' Stat from Infostrada: "Liverpool begin with their oldest starting line-up of the season – aged 26 years and 278 days old."
    • 3' A slow start to proceedings at Anfield.
    • 2' Stewart Downing is playing down the right wing with Suso operating on the left. Rodgers could also have used Downing at left-back, Enrique ahead of him and Suso wide right.
    • 1' KICK OFF! Liverpool shooting right to left in their resplendent red kit.
    • 17:25 Want to get in touch during the game? You can come and say hello on Twitter. Follow Tom Adams (@tomEurosport) on Twitter!
    • 17:20 The big news from Liverpool this week was that Raheem Sterling signed a new deal. However, he has to make do with the bench today. Sterling signs long-term deal with Liverpool
    • 17:15 Fulham, meanwhile, lost 2-1 to QPR last weekend and make three changes with Steve Sidwell, Damien Duff and Hugo Rodallega making way for Giorgos Karagounis, Alexander Kacaniklic and Ashkan Dejagah.
    • 17:10 Liverpool make two changes from the side that lost 3-1 to Aston Villa last weekend as Joe Allen and Raheem Sterling drop to the bench to make way for Jose Enrique and Suso. Both players were in need of a rest.
    • 17:05 TEAMS: Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Agger, Skrtel ,Enrique, Lucas, Gerrard, Suso, Shelvey, Downing, Suarez. Subs: Jones, Carragher, Wisdom, Sahin, Henderson, Allen, Sterling. /// Fulham: Schwarzer, Riise, Hangeland, Hughes, Riether, Baird, Karagounis, Richardson, Dejagah, Kacaniklic, Berbatov. Subs: Stockdale, Senderos, Briggs, Kasami, Frei, Tavares, Rodallega.
    • 17:00 The Cottagers having taken just one win from their last nine Premier League fixtures to slip below Liverpool in the standings. Premier League table
    • 16:55 Liverpool start as favourites at 4/9, with Fulham 6/1 and the draw 100/30.
    • 16:50 Liverpool put in a hugely disappointing display in front of their own supporters last weekend, as they lost 3-1 to Aston Villa, and Brendan Rodgers will be desperate for a very different result and performance this afternoon.
    • 16:45 Welcome to live text commentary of Liverpool's Premier League clash with Fulham at Anfield.
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