The Opta stats show there was plenty for Fulham to draw heart from in Wednesday’s unlucky 3-2 defeat at home to Liverpool.
The Whites appeared to be heading for a deserved point against the in-form Merseyside outfit in SW6 until Sascha Riether’s tackle on Daniel Sturridge earned the Reds a late penalty which Steven Gerrard thumped home to win the game for Brendan Rodgers’ men.
Fulham had twice led through Kolo Toure’s own goal and Kieran Richardson’s strike only to be pegged back on each occasion.
A strong defensive display by Liverpool set the base for their win as they made 20 tackles to Fulham’s 18, blocking four shots to the Whites’ three. The Reds also won 59 duels to Fulham’s 40 and made 59 clearances to our 32. Liverpool also won more aerial duals, 22 to Fulham’s 11.
Lewis Holtby was once again Fulham’s busiest player by some distance. The on-loan Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was involved in 75 touches of the ball, hitting four shots at the Liverpool goal and sending eight of Fulham’s 17 crosses into the opposition’s box.
Martin Skrtel was in the thick of the action for Liverpool. The Slovakian touched the ball 112 times, won five aerial duals and made one interception.
When it came to distribution, Liverpool emerged on top, making 655 passes to Fulham’s 274. Of those, 403 were deemed attacking passes by Liverpool to Fulham’s 195. Liverpool’s pass accuracy was 87 per cent to Fulham’s 63 per cent. The Reds also enjoyed 69 per cent of the possession.