sport
  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 22 December 2012, 5:30pm
  • Anfield
  • Attendance: 44,570
LiverpoolLiverpoolvFulhamFulham
4
  • Skrtel, 8
  • Gerrard, 36
  • Downing, 51
  • Suárez, 90+2
0

live commentary

FULL-TIME: REDS EIGHTH! Liverpool waltz into the top-half for only the second time this season after breezing past a Fulham side who were about as disappointing as opening a biscuit tin to find out they've all been scoffed. The Cottagers stay in a rather uninspiring 13th place. Thanks for joining Orange's live coverage. Stick around for the full-match report.

90+2 MINS: SUAREZ MAKES IT FOUR! Another really sloppy goal for Fulham to concede but the main man for Liverpool is finally on the scoresheet. Enrique barges his way down the left byline and picks out SUAREZ who is there to tap it in. A fantastic display tonight from the Reds!

90 mins: We're definitely winding down now with Fulham half-heartedly looking for a consolation goal which they would not deserve. Three minutes added on.

86 mins: Greek legend Karagounis is flashed yellow for bringing down Sterling near the left-edge of the box. No question about that one. Suarez takes the free-kick which needs a vital touch behind from Schwarzer to stop this becoming even more embarrassing for Fulham.

82 mins: A foul from Suarez gives Liverpool the chance to make their final change and it's Lucas coming off for Carragher.

80 mins: Chances at either end now as Schwarzer stops Suarez's fine slaloming run in its tracks and Reina pushes Berbatov's speculative effort well away from goal.

78 mins: Dejagah is next in the book after hacking down Enrique on the left touchline. Suarez's cross falls nicely to Gerrard but Schwarzer denies him his second goal with his feet.

76 mins:Suarez and Sterling play a little one-two inside the Fulham box and the latter wants a penalty after going down. Referee Mark Clattenburg is not buying the theatrics from Sterling though and signals a goal-kick.

74 mins: That's the last we will see of Shelvey as he is coming off now to be replaced by the passing maestro Allen.

72 mins: Sterling gets involved immediately by linking up with Shelvey deep in opposition territory. It results in a corner which comes to nothing.

70 mins: Liverpool make their first change of the evening and it's Suso coming off for Sterling.

68 mins: Hughes plays his way into trouble and Liverpool are on the prowl once again. Downing is able to come inside and his sweet strike whistles past the left post. Schwarzer was not stopping that one!

Euan, Whitchurch -"liverpool are absolutely dominating also agree with kevin"

66 mins: Fulham are having a better time in the final third but neither Berbatov or Rodallega can play that killer pass.

David, Tewkesbury -"i totally agree with Kevin"

60 mins: Another half-chance falls Fulham's way as Dejagah turns Enrique inside out before forcing Reina to palm away at his near post.

57 mins: Wow! A Fulham corner! Former Liverpool man Riise trots over to take it and picks out Rodallega who glances his header well wide of goal.

Kevin, Beckenham -"Liverpool are much better without Joe Allen!"

54 mins:Johnson's the first man in the book for a late tackle on Richardson who leaves the field seconds later to be replaced by Frei.

51 MINS: DOWNING'S IN ON THE ACT! That's his first Premier League goal of the season and he thoroughly deserves it! Gerrard picks out DOWNING with a fine pass out wide, then, the winger drifts inside onto his left and fires it low and hard past Schwarzer at his near post!

47 mins:Great chance for Suarez straight after the restart! He goes undetected at the far post but can only sidefoot Downing's deflected cross wide of goal. Suspect defending once again from Fulham.

Mandi B, Leeds -"liverpool to win 5-0"

45 mins: Unsurprisingly Fulham make a change after that turgid first 45 minutes. Rodellega replaces Kacaniklic for the Cottagers.

HALF-TIME: Liverpool stroll into the break with a comfortable 2-0 lead against a Fulham side who look like their minds are thinking about some last-minute Christmas presents. The Reds will want another goal or two to really put this game beyond doubt. See if they can do just that in around 15 minutes time.

45 mins: One minute of stoppage time in this complete mis-match at Anfield.

42 mins:Fulham aren't picking up the runs in behind and this time it's Suarez breaking free. Johnson's lofted ball forces him slightly wide of goal but he still prompts Schwarzer into action with an outside-of-the-boot dink.

39 mins: This is miserable viewing if you're a Fulham fan. They gift the ball to Suarez who slots Suso in on goal with ease but the Spaniard drags his shot wide of the right stick. Too easy!

36 MINS: LIVERPOOL ARE CRUISING! What a lovely little goal this is! Downing threads a perfectly-weighted ball behind the Fulham defence to GERRARD who from a tight angle, steers the ball beautifully into the bottom-left corner.

34 mins: It's dropped quiet again both on and off the pitch with Fulham really struggling to click in the final third. Berbatov is having to come very deep to be involved in any sort of link-up play.

30 mins: Suarez looks to have played Suso right through on goal with a clever reverse path but back comes Riether to get a vital toe in.

Luke, Corbyhill -"2-1 liverpool"

28 mins: Finally some signs of life from Fulham as Richardson's long-ranger forces Reina to make an awkward save with his right boot.

26 mins: Oh it should be 2-0! Gerrard's volley from 18 yards deflects into the path of Suarez. He squares it to Agger who somehow finds the top tier from two yards out! Incredible miss!

23 mins: Suarez is trying to get himself involved more and sends a hopeful shot from 30 yards wide of Schwarzer's left post.

20 mins: Skrtel stays up from another Liverpool corner but can only guide his header from the left byline straight at Schwarzer. Downing again with the lovely delivery.

17 mins: Downing again causes problems down the right and his dangerous-looking cross needs Hangeland to throw himself at it just in front of his own goal.

14 mins: Wakey wakey Fulham! Downing, who starts on the right wing this evening, is allowed to cut inside onto his left foot and send a scorcher of a shot into the side netting from distance. Schwarzer gets a glove to it but bizarrely a goal-kick is awarded.

12 mins: It's been very comfortable for the Reds since Skrtel's full-throttle volley went flying in. They're stroking the ball around in midfield under no real pressure.

8 MINS: LIVERPOOL TAKE THE LEAD! Awful defending again from a set-piece by Fulham! Shelvey's fancy flick takes a deflection behind and an unmarked SKRTEL, near the edge of the six-yard box, plucks Gerrard's delivery out of the air and drills it beyond a helpless Schwarzer!

6 mins: Enrique's marauding run down the left earns Liverpool a corner which is headed over by an unmarked Agger 15 yards out.

3 mins: A very, very quiet start here with next to nothing happening. Both sides are currently just feeling each other out.

Gaz, Sheffield -"1-1 tight game with late goals......suarez to rescue liverpool again"

0 mins: We're off! Liverpool, all in red, get us underway at a drizzly Anfield. The Reds can move into the top-half again with victory tonight. Fulham are in their home strip too.

Hello and welcome along to our live coverage of Liverpool v Fulham at Anfield. It makes a change from West Ham anyway!

Brendan Rodgers makes two changes from the shock home defeat to Villa. Jose Enrique is back from injury whilst there' a start too for Suso with Raheem Sterling dropping to the bench after signing his new long-term deal. Fulham bring in Dejagah, Karagounis and Kacaniklic for Sidwell, Duff and Rodallega.

Orange's Mark Scott is in the hotseat for this evening's Premier League clash so send him your predictions by clicking on his name above.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 22 December 2012, 5:30pm
  • Anfield
  • Attendance: 44,570
LiverpoolLiverpoolvFulhamFulham
4
  • Skrtel, 8
  • Gerrard, 36
  • Downing, 51
  • Suárez, 90+2
0

match report

Liverpool enjoyed a pre-Christmas boost at Anfield, with Fulham offering little resistance as the hosts eased to a 4-0 victory.

Martin Skrtel, Steven Gerrard and Stewart Downing provided plenty of festive cheer for the red half of Merseyside, with Brendan Rodgers' side moving up to eighth place in the Premier League standings.

Fulham, meanwhile, have now won just once in their last 10 and need to find inspiration from somewhere if they are to avoid entering 2013 looking anxiously over their shoulder.

Unlike last weekend, when Liverpool dominated the opening half-hour of their encounter with Aston Villa but failed to score and paid the price, they got the break they needed early on.

Gerrard's eighth-minute corner picked out Skrtel, who had barely moved, and with former Reds full-back John Arne Riise slow to close down the Slovakia international he brought the ball down and smashed a volley past Mark Schwarzer.

Daniel Agger's miss from just three yards - blazing into the top tier of the Anfield Road stand from Suarez's cross - may have resurrected fears about not being clinical enough in front of goal. But those insecurities were put to bed in the 36th minute with Downing's first significant intervention.

The England international's brilliantly-disguised reverse pass from the edge of the penalty area deceived everyone except Gerrard.

Liverpool's captain seized on the flat-footedness of Fulham's defenders to clip a shot across Schwarzer and just inside the far post.

Suso scuffed a shot wide and Suarez fired straight at the goalkeeper before the interval but within six minutes of the second half the result was put beyond any doubt.

Gerrard, who had one of his better days spraying passes all over the field, picked out Downing on the right wing and he cut inside before blasting home a shot which appeared to release months of pent-up frustration.

The 28-year-old played like a man with a point to prove at times and saw another blistering drive sail just over the angle of crossbar and post.

Schwarzer did well to block Gerrard's close-range shot as Liverpool continued to press, Jose Reina did less well with Dimitar Berbatov's long-range effort which squirmed from his grasp and required Skrtel to clear.

But that was a rare moment of concern on what was a trouble-free evening as Liverpool recorded only their fourth home league win of the season when Suarez side-footed home in added time for his 11th league goal of the season - equalling his tally from the whole of last season.

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team line-up

25José Reina
2Glen Johnson
3José Enrique
5Daniel Agger
37Martin Skrtel
33Jonjo Shelvey74
21Lucas Leiva83
8Steven Gerrard
30Suso71
19Stewart Downing
7Luis Suárez

substitutes

31Raheem Sterling71
4Nuri Sahin
24Joe Allen74
23Jamie Carragher83
47Andre Wisdom
1Bradley Jones
14Jordan Henderson

referee

Mark Clattenburg

team line-up

1Mark Schwarzer
3John Arne Riise
27Sascha Riether
18Aaron Hughes
5Brede Hangeland
14Giorgios Karagounis
15Kieran Richardson54
31Alexander Kacaniklic45
6Chris Baird
24Ashkan Dejagah
9Dimitar Berbatov

substitutes

8Pajtim Kasami
13David Stockdale
4Philippe Senderos
17Matthew Briggs
21Kerim Frei54
25Mickaël Tavares
20Hugo Rodallega45

referee

Mark Clattenburg

match stats

possession %5544
shots on target94
shots off target92
corners82
tackles won2115
offsides20