Saturday 10 November 2007, 5:15pm at Anfield, Liverpool
Barclays Premier League
Torres 81'; Gerrard (pen) 85'
Fulham FC

81' Goal

Fernando Torres

85' Penalty

Steven Gerrard

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ryan Babel
Off:John Arne Riise

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Fernando Torres
Off:Andrey Voronin

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lucas Leiva
Off:Javier Mascherano

54' Yellow Card

Danny Murphy Card was given for a foul

64' Yellow Card

Clint Dempsey Card was given for a foul

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Hameur Bouazza
Off:David Healy

A strong and defensive away performance from Fulham was unfortunately undone in the last ten minutes as a Fernando Torres goal and Steven Gerrard penalty saw Liverpool finish the game as 2-0 winners.

First Half Action

1 min A minute’s silence ahead of Remembrance Sunday preceeded kick-off before Fulham got the game underway, attacking the Kop end. Shefki Kuqi was full of energy in the opening exchanges, chasing down Liverpool's back four. The Finnish striker conceeded an early free-kick after two minutes following an over exuberant challenge on Gerrard.

5 min Sami Hypia had two chances on goal in as many minutes during the opening exchanges. His first chance was created after Danny Murphy conceded a free-kick 30 yards from goal. Gerrard laid the ball up Hypia fired in on goal but Niemi was alert to tip the ball round the post. Moments later Hypia surged forward to meet a cross from the left but his header lacked direction and drifted wide of the far post.

12 min Liverpool broke down the left at pace and the resulting cross came back out to Gerrard twenty five yards from goal. The Liverpool captain’s strike curled over Niemi’s far post. The home side’s pressure was interrupted seconds later when a long ball upfield was cleared short by Hypia. Murphy was on hand to send in a vicious volley from the edge of the area. Reina could only turn the ball away from goal but a fine instinctive shot by the Fulham midfielder.

20 min After a quiet spell the atmosphere inside Anfield heated up. First Voronin claimed a penalty but Referee Tanner was adament that there was no contact. Seconds later Crouch broke through Fulham’s defence on the left flank. The striker controlled the ball on his chest but before he could unleash a shot Baird raced in to block the ball away to safety. Fulham’s earned a number of free-kicks but Liverpool's defence dealt with the away side's threat with ease.

31 min Just past the half hour mark Veronin raced through Fulham’s high back line and latched onto Gerrard’s through ball. The striker was clear through on goal but marginally offside and the linesman’s flag was raised. Good reading of the game by Fulham's back line.

40 min Fulham’s travelling supporters had a nervous moment before half-time when Benayoun’s looping header from 16 yards came under the bar and Niemi was forced to parry the ball away. The ball bounced in front of the line but the keeper collected before Crouch could capitalise.

45 min A Liverpool free-kick from the left was swung into the far post and Peter Crouch headed the ball goalwards. Niemi was beaten but fortunately the ball rattled against the post and Fulham went into the break on level terms. The home side may have dominated possession in the first period but their chances were few and far between and Sanchez’ side kept the Reds at bay with two well organised banks of four.

Second Half Action

46 min Liverpool got the second half underway and within a minute Voronin fired in a left footed volley from the edge of the area. Niemi’s position was perfect and the keeper collected with ease. Two minutes later play was interrupted when Dempsey required treatment following a challenge by Carragher.

53 min Davis lost possession in the middle of the park to Gerrard. Liverpool’s captain sensed the advantage and raced towards goal before Danny Murphy clipped his heels. Referee Tanner showed Murphy the yellow before Aurelio fired in a left footed curling free-kick. Niemi parried the ball and Voronin fired over from three yards.

57 min Voronin tested Niemi once again with a rasping right footed shot from the right hand side of the area. Fulham’s goalkeeper produced an outstanding block to deny the home side. Lawrie Sanchez introduced Hameur Bouazza minutes later, replacing David Healy. Bouazza took up his position on the left flank and Dempsey moved into attack.

62 min Benitez introduced Babel for Riise and the home side moved up a gear. Niemi was in incredible form, producing another fingertip save from Benayoun when the ball was heading into the far corner. Two minutes later Dempsey collected a needless booking when he kicked the ball away.

66 min Fulham almost snatched the lead when Bouazza’s inswinging cross skimmed past Dempsey at the far post. Seconds later Voronin thought he had claimed the lead but his right footed shot from inside the area went wide of Niemi’s far post.

68 min Sanchez made his second substitution of the game, introducing Kamara for Dempsey in attack. Benitez followed suit, introducing Torres for Voronin.

78min Crouch put the ball into the back of Fulham’s net as the final ten minutes approached but the striker was clearly offside. Benitez made his final substitution two minutes later, bringing on Lucas for Mascherano.

80 min Substitute Torres broke the deadlock on 81 minutes, firing a left footed strike past Niemi from 8 yards. The striker drifted down the right before cutting inside Hughes and putting the home side ahead.

84 min Bocanegra clipped the heels of Crouch outside the area but the striker’s momentum took him into the box and Referee Tanner pointed to the spot. Bocanegra was booked before Gerrard rifled the ball into the corner of the net to make it two goals to nil.

90 min After three minutes of added time Referee Tanner blew the final whistle and Liverpool took the win by two goals to nil on Saturday evening. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 10 November 2007
Kick-off: 5:15pm

Venue: Anfield, Liverpool
Attendance: 43,073

Referee: Steve Tanner


Line-up: Reina; Arbeloa, Hyypiä, Carragher, Aurelio; Benayoun, Gerrard, Mascherano (Lucas Leiva 81'), John Arne Riise (Babel 62'); Crouch, Voronin (Torres 70')

Unused substitutes: Martin, Finnan


Line-up: Niemi; Baird, Stefanovic, Hughes, Bocanegra; Davies, Murphy, Steven Davis, Dempsey; Kamara, Healy (Bouazza 60')

Unused substitutes: Warner, Leijer, Seol Ki-Hyeon, Smertin

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Arsenal 11 27
2 Manchester United 12 27
3 Manchester City 12 25
4 Liverpool 12 24
5 Chelsea 12 24
6 Portsmouth 12 22
7 Blackburn Rovers 11 22
8 Everton 12 19
9 West Ham United 12 18
10 Aston Villa 11 18
11 Newcastle United 12 18
12 Reading 12 13
13 Fulham 13 12
14 Birmingham City 12 11
15 Sunderland 13 10
16 Middlesbrough 12 9
17 Tottenham Hotspur 12 8
18 Wigan Athletic 12 8
19 Bolton Wanderers 12 7
20 Derby County 13 6
Liverpool (4-4-2)
  • 25José Reina
  • 17Álvaro Arbeloa
  • 4Sami Hyypiä
  • 23Jamie Carragher
  • 6Fabio Aurelio
  • 15Yossi Benayoun
  • 8Steven Gerrard
  • 20Javier Mascherano
  • 6John Arne Riise
  • 15Peter Crouch
  • 10Andrey Voronin
  • 44David Martin
  • 3Steve Finnan
  • 19Ryan Babel
  • 21Lucas Leiva
  • 9Fernando Torres
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 29Antti Niemi
  • 34Chris Baird
  • 6Dejan Stefanovic
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 3Carlos Bocanegra
  • 25Simon Davies
  • 27Danny Murphy
  • 10Steven Davis
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 11Diomansy Kamara
  • 31David Healy
  • 12Tony Warner
  • 37Adrian Leijer
  • 7Seol Ki-Hyeon
  • 8Alexei Smertin
  • 24Hameur Bouazza