Saturday 22 December 2012, 5:30pm at Anfield, Liverpool
Barclays Premier League
Liverpool
Liverpool
4
Skrtel 8'; Gerrard 36'; Downing 51'; Suárez 90'+2
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
Goals from Martin Skrtel, Steven Gerrard, Stewart Downing and Luis Suarez compounded a miserable trip to Anfield for Fulham on Saturday afternoon.

8' Goal

Martin Skrtel
Assist by Steven Gerrard

36' Goal

Steven Gerrard
Assist by Stewart Downing

51' Goal

Stewart Downing
Assist by Steven Gerrard

90'+2 Goal

Luis Suárez
Assist by José Enrique

53' Yellow Card

Glen Johnson Card was given for a foul

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Raheem Sterling
Off:Suso

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Joe Allen
Off:Jonjo Shelvey

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jamie Carragher
Off:Lucas Leiva

78' Yellow Card

Ashkan Dejagah Card was given for a foul

85' Yellow Card

Giorgos Karagounis Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Hugo Rodallega
Off:Alexander Kacaniklic

54' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Kerim Frei
Off:Kieran Richardson

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Fulham endured another miserable away day on Saturday afternoon as the Whites went down 4-0 to Liverpool at a sodden Anfield.

The travelling Whites fans were looking for a response to last week’s depressing defeat at Loftus Road, but they were once again left disappointed.

Liverpool went into the break two goals to the good after Martin Skrtel and Steven Gerrard had found the back of the net, while the impressive Stewart Downing and Luis Suarez added some deserved gloss to the scoreline in the second half.

Fulham had some brief impressive moments but, in fairness, the home side could have perhaps won by a greater margin.

Martin Jol opted for a 4-5-1 formation, adding Giorgos Karagounis, Ashkan Dejagah and Alexander Kacaniklic to the Fulham midfield, with Hugo Rodallega dropping to the substitutes’ bench and Damien Duff and Steve Sidwell ruled out through injury and suspension respectively.

A slick one-two between Jose Enrique and Suso saw the latter burst into the Fulham box after five minutes but a vital touch from Karagounis saw the danger averted at the expense of a corner – from which Daniel Agger headed harmlessly over.

Two minutes later the home side were more clinical from a set-piece, though. After Jonjo Shelvey’s flick had deflected off Aaron Hughes for a corner, Gerrard fired over a vicious dead ball which Skrtel controlled and lashed home with the composure of a frontman. It was no less than Liverpool deserved for a dominant start to proceedings.

The Reds were clearly looking to make amends for last week’s disappointing defeat by Aston Villa and were inches away from doubling their lead on 13 minutes when Downing’s stinging effort disturbed the raindrops on the side-netting.

Most of Fulham’s attacking purpose was coming down the right flank through Dejagah and it was the Iranian who created our first shooting opportunity of the game when he evaded the challenge of three red shirts before threading through to Kacaniklic who saw his shot blocked.

Fulham should have fallen further behind on 25 minutes and only Agger will know how he blazed over from two yards after Suarez’s ball across the face had found him perfectly.

The Whites almost capitalised when Kieran Richardson rifled in a wicked effort from 25 yards which caught Pepe Reina by surprise. The Spanish keeper did well to adjust his body and deflect the effort away – with a bit more luck the ball would have fallen to Dimitar Berbatov but it fizzed just yards beyond the Bulgarian’s reach.

Magnificent defending by Sascha Riether denied Suso an effort on goal five minutes later after Suarez’s delightful reverse pass had played him in. The full-back stayed on his feet to prevent the youngster making a proper connection with the ball.

Liverpool did extend their lead on 35 minutes with a neat goal made in England. Downing’s clever pass found Gerrard as he ghosted in beyond the Fulham backline and the Reds’ talismanic leader fired confidently beyond Mark Schwarzer and in at the far post.

And they could have been out of sight five minutes later. Suarez found the completely unmarked Suso in the area, only for the Spaniard to screw his left-footed effort wide of the post. It was a big let-off for Fulham.

The home side were really getting the crowd purring as half-time approached, with the latest moment of pristine football coming from the boot of Glen Johnson who exquisitely found Suarez after he had beaten the offside trap. Lucky for the Whites, the angle was against the striker whose shot was comfortably held by Schwarzer.

Fulham were in desperate need of a goal threat and Jol sought to introduce it at the interval in the form of Rodallega. The Colombian replaced Kacaniklic as Fulham went 4-4-2 with Richardson switching to the left.

However, it was the home side who were presented with a golden chance just two minutes in when Suarez inexplicably volleyed wide after Downing’s cross from the right had deflected directly into his path.

It didn’t take them long to add a third, though, and it came through the rejuvenated Downing. The winger – who was playing on the right – cut inside John Arne Riise before smashing beyond Schwarzer at his near post. The effort was not beyond our goalkeeper’s reach, but the venom in the strike made it impossible to keep out.

Things got worse for the Whites minutes later when Richardson was forced to depart after being on the end of a nasty tackle by Johnson that saw the England right-back booked. Kerim Frei entered the action in his place. Almost immediately the 19-year-old won a corner that was expertly dispatched by Chris Baird, only for Rodallega to glance his header well wide.

Downing was having the game of his life and almost made it four on 69 minutes only to see his excellent rasping drive fly narrowly over the corner of Schwarzer’s goal.

Fulham had to rely on the veteran shot-stopper in the closing stages to keep the score respectable, with the Australian first denying Gerrard, before brilliantly robbing Suarez of the ball before he could get a shot away.

Reina was called into a rare piece of action with 10 minutes remaining to beat Berbatov’s long-range effort out, but nobody in white was there to follow up the loose ball.

Berbatov – who was being roundly booed whenever he touched the ball – tested Reina once again a minute later, but this time the keeper was able to pull the shot into his chest.

After substitute Raheem Sterling had won a free-kick 20 yards from goal Suarez stepped up to curl a sumptuous effort towards the far post. The shot looked as though it was in from the moment it left his boot, only for that man Schwarzer to make a fine sprawling save to his left.

The Whites almost nabbed a stoppage time consolation goal after Dejagah was felled in a decent position. Rodallega stepped up and made a great connection with the free-kick, only to see Reina make a world-class save to keep it out.

Liverpool countered immediately and won a corner, which resulted in Suarez firing home from Enrique’s cutback to compound Fulham’s misery on Merseyside.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 22 December 2012
Kick-off: 5:30pm

Venue: Anfield, Liverpool
Attendance: 44,570

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Liverpool

Line-up: Reina; Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, José Enrique; Lucas Leiva (Carragher 83'), Gerrard; Downing, Shelvey (Allen 74'), Suso (Sterling 71'); Suárez

Unused substitutes: Jones, Wisdom, Sahin, Henderson

Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Dejagah, Baird, Karagounis, Richardson (Frei 54'), Kacaniklic (Rodallega 45'); Berbatov

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Senderos, Briggs, Kasami, Tavares

Manager: Martin Jol

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 17 42
2 Manchester City 18 39
3 Arsenal 18 30
4 Everton 18 30
5 Tottenham Hotspur 18 30
6 West Bromwich Albion 18 30
7 Chelsea 16 29
8 Liverpool 18 25
9 Stoke City 18 25
10 Norwich City 18 25
11 Swansea City 17 23
12 West Ham United 18 23
13 Fulham 18 20
14 Newcastle United 18 20
15 Sunderland 18 19
16 Aston Villa 17 18
17 Southampton 17 15
18 Wigan Athletic 18 15
19 Queens Park Rangers 18 10
20 Reading 18 9
Goals
4
0
Total Shots
23
8
Shots On Target
9
4
Passing Accuracy
87%
84%
Fouls
13
6
Corners
8
2
Offsides
2
0
Bookings
1
2
Sending Offs
0
0
Liverpool (4-2-3-1)
  • 25José Reina
  • 2Glen Johnson
  • 37Martin Skrtel
  • 5Daniel Agger
  • 3José Enrique
  • 21Lucas Leiva
  • 8Steven Gerrard
  • 19Stewart Downing
  • 33Jonjo Shelvey
  • 30Suso
  • 7Luis Suárez
Substitutes
  • 1Bradley Jones
  • 23Jamie Carragher
  • 47Andre Wisdom
  • 4Nuri Sahin
  • 14Jordan Henderson
  • 24Joe Allen
  • 31Raheem Sterling
Manager
  • Brendan Rodgers
Fulham (4-5-1)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 24Ashkan Dejagah
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 31Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
Substitutes
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 4Philippe Senderos
  • 17Matthew Briggs
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 25Mickaël Tavares
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Liverpool 4, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+4' Second Half ends, Liverpool 4, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+2' Goal! Liverpool 4, Fulham 0. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by José Enrique following a corner.
  • 90'+2' Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.
  • 90'+1' Attempt saved. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 90'+1' Foul by José Enrique (Liverpool).
  • 90'+1' Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jamie Carragher.
  • 90' Attempt blocked. Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 87' Attempt blocked. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Allen.
  • 86' Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 86' Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.
  • 85' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 85' Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 85' Foul by Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham).
  • 83' Substitution, Liverpool. Jamie Carragher replaces Lucas Leiva.
  • 82' Foul by Luis Suárez (Liverpool).
  • 82' Brede Hangeland (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 81' Offside, Liverpool. Steven Gerrard tries a through ball, but Raheem Sterling is caught offside.
  • 81' Attempt saved. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 80' Attempt saved. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Baird.
  • 79' Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Gerrard.
  • 78' Attempt saved. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Glen Johnson.
  • 78' Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 78' José Enrique (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 78' Foul by Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).
  • 76' Foul by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool).
  • 76' Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 74' Substitution, Liverpool. Joe Allen replaces Jonjo Shelvey.
  • 74' Attempt missed. Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross following a corner.
  • 73' Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.
  • 71' Substitution, Liverpool. Raheem Sterling replaces Suso.
  • 69' Attempt missed. Stewart Downing (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey.
  • 68' Attempt missed. Glen Johnson (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Luis Suárez.
  • 62' José Enrique (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 62' Foul by Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).
  • 61' Attempt missed. John Arne Riise (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 58' Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Baird with a cross following a corner.
  • 57' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Lucas Leiva.
  • 56' Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool).
  • 56' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 55' Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.
  • 55' Attempt blocked. Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luis Suárez.
  • 54' Substitution, Fulham. Kerim Frei replaces Kieran Richardson because of an injury.
  • 54' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 54' Delay in match Kieran Richardson (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 53' Glen Johnson (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 53' Foul by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).
  • 53' Kieran Richardson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 51' Goal! Liverpool 3, Fulham 0. Stewart Downing (Liverpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Steven Gerrard.
  • 49' Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.
  • 47' Foul by Suso (Liverpool).
  • 47' Aaron Hughes (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 47' Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.
  • 47' Attempt blocked. Stewart Downing (Liverpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Gerrard.
  • Second Half begins Liverpool 2, Fulham 0.
  • 45' Substitution, Fulham. Hugo Rodallega replaces Alexander Kacaniklic.
  • 45'+1' First Half ends, Liverpool 2, Fulham 0.
  • 45' Foul by Suso (Liverpool).
  • 45' Chris Baird (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 44' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 44' Delay in match Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool) because of an injury.
  • 43' Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Glen Johnson with a through ball.
  • 40' Attempt missed. Suso (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luis Suárez.
  • 39' Foul by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool).
  • 39' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 38' Foul by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool).
  • 38' Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 36' Goal! Liverpool 2, Fulham 0. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stewart Downing.
  • 32' Glen Johnson (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 32' Foul by Brede Hangeland (Fulham).
  • 30' Foul by Suso (Liverpool).
  • 30' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 27' Attempt saved. Kieran Richardson (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashkan Dejagah.
  • 27' Offside, Liverpool. Jonjo Shelvey tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.
  • 25' Attempt missed. Daniel Agger (Liverpool) left footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Luis Suárez.
  • 25' Attempt blocked. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luis Suárez.
  • 24' Stewart Downing (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 24' Foul by Kieran Richardson (Fulham).
  • 23' Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Steven Gerrard.
  • 21' Attempt blocked. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashkan Dejagah.
  • 21' Attempt saved. Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stewart Downing.
  • 20' Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by John Arne Riise.
  • 19' Foul by José Enrique (Liverpool).
  • 19' Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 17' Foul by Luis Suárez (Liverpool).
  • 17' Chris Baird (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 13' Attempt missed. Stewart Downing (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Glen Johnson.
  • 9' Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 9' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 8' Goal! Liverpool 1, Fulham 0. Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Gerrard with a cross following a corner.
  • 8' Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.
  • 8' Attempt blocked. Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross.
  • 6' Attempt missed. Daniel Agger (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross following a corner.
  • 5' Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 3' Foul by Suso (Liverpool).
  • 3' Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.
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