Monday 9 May 2011, 8:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Dembélé 57'; Sidwell 86'
Liverpool
Liverpool
5
Maxi Rodríguez 1', 7', 75'; Kuyt 16'; Suárez 70'
Despite goals from Moussa Dembele and Steve Sidwell, a strong Liverpool performance saw the Merseysiders run out emphatic 5-2 winners at Craven Cottage.

57' Goal

Mousa Dembélé

86' Goal

Steve Sidwell

3' Yellow Card

Danny Murphy Card was given for a foul

45' Yellow Card

Clint Dempsey Card was given for a foul

61' Yellow Card

Carlos Salcido Card was given for a foul

74' Yellow Card

Steve Sidwell Card was given for a foul

88' Yellow Card

Chris Baird Card was given for a foul

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Bobby Zamora
Off:Simon Davies

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Andrew Johnson
Off:Eidur Gudjohnsen

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Gaël Kakuta
Off:Mousa Dembélé

1' Goal

Maxi Rodríguez

7' Goal

Maxi Rodríguez

16' Goal

Dirk Kuyt

70' Goal

Luis Suárez

75' Goal

Maxi Rodríguez

57' Yellow Card

José Reina Card was given for a foul

66' Yellow Card

Martin Skrtel Card was given for a foul

48' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jonjo Shelvey
Off:Raul Meireles

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Joe Cole
Off:Maxi Rodríguez

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Liverpool got off to a dream start, taking the lead after only 35 seconds with their first attack of the match. The lively Luis Suarez was played into space down Fulham’s right flank, enabling him to get into the area and play a low pass across the danger area. Carlos Salcido’s interception was only half cleared by Mark Schwarzer and the ball fell kindly for Maxi Rodriguez, who side-footed home from eight yards.

The game had barely settled down before the visitors doubled their lead and Maxi registered his second strike of the game. Carlos Salcido was caught under a lofted ball forward and Glen Johnson was on hand to play a delicate cross to the back post where Maxi was waiting with a clean finish past Schwarzer.

Buoyed by their quick-fire opening, Liverpool continued to dominate the opening exchanges as the Whites fought hard to settle down and establish their natural game.

But just as Mark Hughes’ men started to build up a head of steam Liverpool managed to mount a dangerous counter-attack as Suarez was played in behind Brede Hangeland, the Liverpool man fell to ground in the penalty after losing control of the ball – but the referee decided in favour of Fulham, ruling no infringement from the chasing Hangeland.

Liverpool made it three just minutes later with a moment Mark Schwarzer would rather forget. Dirk Kuytchanced his hand with a speculative shot from the edge of the area which squirmed past the Fulham ‘keeper at his near post and trickled into the net.

Liverpool continued to look dangerous as the first-half progressed, and it was through the impressive Luis Suarez that the majority of their best chances were coming. The Uruguayan repeatedly demonstrated an uncanny knack for finding space in Fulham’s back line.

Fulham were denied what looked like a certain goal on 33 minutes when Clint Dempsey’s volley from Simon Davies’ corner was cleared off the line by Glen Johnson. Despite the score line Fulham stayed positive and were looking game for a goal as half-time approached.

Mark Hughes started the second-half with a substitution, replacing Simon Davies with Bobby Zamora. The change saw Mousa Dembele move out to the right flank allowing Zamora to join Gudjohnsen up front.

Fulham certainly looked brighter in attack after the break with good opportunities falling to Dempsey and Gudjohnsen early on. And Zamora’s influence brought an almost immediate result as he teed up Mousa Dembele with an opportunity that the Belgium international took with aplomb. The Fulham substitute held off the attentions of his marker before touching the ball to Dembele who placed a left footed finish past Pepe Reina on 57 minutes.

Andrew Johnson Replaced Eidur Gudjohnsen on 67 minutes as Mark Hughes looked to build on Fulham’s second-half momentum.

But Liverpool pulled away from the Whites again on 70 minutes with a thunderbolt from Maxi, who completed his hat-trick with a fierce 25 yard drive that flew into the top corner via the fingertips of Mark Schwarzer.

The goals continued to come for Liverpool and Luis Suarez made it five for the visitors on 75 minutes. Jonjo Shelvey won possession in midfield and with Suarez peeling away from the Fulham defence on the far side; the final pass was a simple one. Suarez took a touch to round Schwarzer to side foot the ball home.

With the encounter apparently petering out, Steve Sidwell got his name on the score sheet with a wonderfully taken consolation on 85 minutes. Carlos Salcido’s delivery into the box was only cleared as far as Sidwell on the edge of the area, the Fulham midfielder took a touch before hitting an unstoppable strike past Reina.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Monday 9 May 2011
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,693

Referee: Lee Mason

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Baird, Hangeland, Hughes, Salcido; Davies (Zamora 46'), Murphy, Sidwell, Dempsey; Dembélé (Kakuta 76'), Gudjohnsen (Johnson 67')

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Senderos, Etuhu, Greening

Liverpool

Line-up: Reina; Flanagan, Skrtel, Carragher, Johnson; Kuyt, Spearing, Lucas Leiva, Meireles (Shelvey 48'); Maxi Rodríguez (Joe Cole 82'); Suárez

Unused substitutes: Gulacsi, Kyrgiakos, Wilson, Robinson, Poulsen

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 36 76
2 Chelsea 36 70
3 Arsenal 36 67
4 Manchester City 35 62
5 Liverpool 36 58
6 Tottenham Hotspur 35 56
7 Everton 36 51
8 Stoke City 36 46
9 Bolton Wanderers 36 46
10 Fulham 36 45
11 Newcastle United 36 44
12 Sunderland 36 44
13 West Bromwich Albion 36 43
14 Aston Villa 36 42
15 Blackburn Rovers 36 39
16 Birmingham City 36 39
17 Wolverhampton Wanderers 36 37
18 Blackpool 36 36
19 Wigan Athletic 36 36
20 West Ham United 36 33
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 3Carlos Salcido
  • 29Simon Davies
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 30Mousa Dembélé
  • 22Eidur Gudjohnsen
Substitutes
  • 12David Stockdale
  • 14Philippe Senderos
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 24Gaël Kakuta
  • 27Jonathan Greening
  • 8Andrew Johnson
  • 25Bobby Zamora
Liverpool (4-4-1-1)
  • 25José Reina
  • 38Jon Flanagan
  • 37Martin Skrtel
  • 23Jamie Carragher
  • 2Glen Johnson
  • 18Dirk Kuyt
  • 20Jay Spearing
  • 21Lucas Leiva
  • 4Raul Meireles
  • 11Maxi Rodríguez
  • 7Luis Suárez
Substitutes
  • 42Peter Gulacsi
  • 16Sotirios Kyrgiakos
  • 22Danny Wilson
  • 49Jack Robinson
  • 10Joe Cole
  • 28Christian Poulsen
  • 33Jonjo Shelvey