Premier League - Suarez at the double as Liverpool thump Fulham

Premier League, Anfield - Liverpool 4 (Amorebieta 23 og, Skrtel 26, Suarez 36, 54) Fulham 0

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Premier League - Suarez at the double as Liverpool thump Fulham
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Fulham's Elsad Zverotic challenges Luis Suarez (Reuters)

Luis Suarez scored his eighth goal in six Premier League outings as Liverpool strode to a 4-0 win over an inept Fulham side at Anfield.

Brendan Rodgers' team moved second in the Premier League table two points behind leaders Arsenal and a point clear of third-placed Southampton courtesy of an exuberant afternoon. Suarez slotted Liverpool's third goal on 36 minutes when he converted from Jordan Henderson's threaded pass before doing likewise from a Steven Gerrard ball after half-time.

Liverpool ended a sustained period of possession and pressing football by eking out the lead when Fernando Amorebieta headed into his own net from Gerrard's free-kick on 23 minutes. Fulham's inadequacies in handling corners were exposed for a second time three minutes later when Martin Skrtel eluded Amorebieta to nod into the corner of the net.

Despite continue to revel in their surroundings, the home side settled for one more goal when Suarez converted from Gerrard's pass on 54 minutes with Fulham a shambolic lot in defence.

Martin Jol's Fulham are fifth from bottom of the table, only two points above third-bottom Norwich, who were due to host West Ham United later in the afternoon.

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KEY MOMENTS

2' - AGILE AGGER: Ball breaks to Agger but he clips a volley a few yards over the bar from six yards. Chance for the home side to move ahead.

23' - AMOREBIETA AGONY: Fernando Amorebieta nods into his own net in trying to clear the Gerrard free-kick. Suarez was looking for the header behind him. Liverpool lead 1-0.

26' - SKRTEL STRIKE: Skrtel powers a header into the net from the Gerrard corner. Suddenly Liverpool lead 2-0. Fulham in desperate trouble here.

30' - COUTINHO CLASS: Maarten Stekelenburg nudges the Coutinho volley over the bar. That was heading into the net from 18 yards. Real grilling this for Fulham.

36' - SUAREZ MAKES IT THREE: Suarez slides the ball into the net. Liverpool lead 3-0. And this match is surely all over. Henderson with the pass. Fine finish.

49' - STEKELENBURG TO THE RESCUE: Maarten Stekelenburg with two fine stops from Suarez and Sturridge before Suarez lifts the rebound over the bar from five yards. Should have been a 4-0 lead there and then.

50' - STURRIGE KNOCKS WIDE: Sturridge goes beyond Amorebieta like isn't there but clips the shot high and wide of the goal from five yards. Golden chance not snapped up.

54' - A SECOND FOR SUAREZ: Suarez with another goal for Liverpool. No chance for Maarten Stekelenburg as Suarez galloped onto the Gerrard pass. 4-0 now.

KEY STATS

Martin Skrtel has not scored more Premier League goals against a particular opponent than his two versus Fulham – he has also scored two against Man City.

Skrtel has now scored at least one goal in each of the last five Premier League seasons.

Suarez has now scored in his last four Premier League home matches for Liverpool and is the first player to do so since Dirk Kuyt in March - May 2011.

Liverpool’s opening goal means that Fulham have failed to keep a clean sheet in five straight Premier League away matches, since beating Sunderland 1-0 on August 17.

Liverpool have won three straight Premier League home matches, and their total of 23 points after 11 matches is only three points fewer than this point in 2008/09, when they finished the season in second place with 86 points.

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TALKING POINT: Is Fulham manager Martin Jol under more pressure because of this result? Shouldn't be dismissed on the back of this defeat, but there must be a concern about the gap between Fulham and Liverpool on the day. Fulham were not only outdone by the home side's quality, but also their energy. Looked a shattered unit at full-time. Home match with Swansea on November 23 is suddenly monumental for Jol.

PLAYER RATINGS

Liverpool: Mignolet 6, Johnson 7, Skrtel 7, Agger 7, Cissokho 6, Lucas 6, Gerrard 7, Henderson 7, Coutinho 7, Suarez 8, Sturridge 7..subs: Enrique 7, Moses 6, Allen 6

Fulham: Stekelenburg 7, Zverotic 5 Senderos 5, Amorebieta 5, Richardson 5, Parker 6, Sidwell 5, Dejagah 5, Kasami 5, Kacaniklic 4, Berbatov 4...subs: Hughes 6, Karagounis 6, Ruiz 6

MAN OF THE MATCH: Luis Suarez (Liverpool): As a striker, the man is different class. Two goals, but could have had more on the day. Liverpool's unlikely push for the Premier League title could depend upon keeping the Uruguayan forward fit.

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