Sturridge Hat Trick Sinks Fulham
My favourite image from Sunday, it's just a shame there isn't a bigger version...
Liverpool came back from a goal behind at Craven Cottage on Sunday to win the game 3-1 courtesy of a Daniel Sturridge hat trick. Berbatov opened the scoring for the home side but the Reds quickly found an equaliser and went from strength to strength. Fulham were angry that they weren't awarded a penalty after the ball struck Lucas' hand in the second half and this perhaps stumped their momentum.
Liverpool began the game with a pretty different starting XI. Steven Gerrard was the main man missing but there was also no Agger or Skrtel giving Coates a chance to start. Wisdom and Shelvey also made appearances.
Liverpool began the game strongly applying pressure on the Fulham back four. One member who would appear as a substitute received a great reception from the travelling fans, John Arne Riise made clear his appreciation after the match.
Phillippe Coutinho left the away fans gasping early on after a stinging shot from range was saved by Mark Schwarzer. Despite the Reds perhaps getting the better of the starts Fulham did manage to settle into a rhythm and it was Dimitar Berbatov who found the first goal of the game.
Liverpool wasted no time in finding an equaliser though as Daniel Sturridge found his chance 3 minutes later. A lovely long ball from Andre Wisdom in defence allowed Sturridge to pick up the pass on the edge of the box, with still a lot left to do the forward wasn't necessarily expected to score but a powerful effort from an angle saw his chance fly high into the back of the net.
Liverpool were now in a comfortable position ready for the second half and it was Daniel Sturridge again who found the Reds their second. Just after the hour mark after an assist from Coutinho, Sturridge slotted home his effort from inside the box.
Sturridge was on fire but shortly before his second goal Fulham found themselves aggrieved after Lucas Leiva appeared to handle the ball in the box. The referee chose not to award Fulham the penalty and this perhaps allowed Liverpool to catch them off guard.
With 15 minutes left to go Fabio Borini was brought into the game and replaced Jonjo Shelvey. The Italian quickly had an influence on the game seeing and effort rebound off the far post.
Sturridge completed his first ever hat trick with 5 minutes left on the clock his goal into the top right corner completed a well deserved hat trick and left Fulham wondering what the hell had happened. It was nice to see both Liverpool and Sturridge pull out a performance after the slight disappointment of the Merseyside Derby.
Here's hoping that they can put on a similar display in the final game against QPR.