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Reds Had To Fight For Glory At Fulham

It was a nerve-wracking 90 minutes to say the least for Liverpool on Wednesday evening as the Reds went behind twice in their clash with Fulham. Some sloppy defending created problems immediately for Liverpool but a more composed second half eventually ended with the Reds being awarded a penalty and Steven Gerrard saving the three points.

Brendan Rodgers decided to field the same side that faced Arsenal for this fixture, it was a vital game for the Reds who needed to prove they are capable of beating the lesser teams and can also perform well away from home.

Things didn't start brilliantly for Liverpool though after Simon Mignolet was forced into a save very early on when Ryan Tunnicliffe took a chance. Shortly afterwards things got even worse. A cross from Richardson made its way into the Liverpool box, Kolo Toure had Darren Bent behind him and whilst I agree he had to do something I just can't understand how he's managed to slice the ball into his own net. It was a shoc…

They Beat The Top But Can They Beat The Bottom?

Liverpool travel to London on Wednesday evening as they prepare to face the league's bottom side, Fulham. The Reds are on a real high after completely battering Arsenal but the feat will be pointless if they can't get the better of the Cottagers who had a good weekend themselves after gaining a draw at Manchester United in the last minute of the game hahahahaha! *cough* sorry.

Injuries for Liverpool leave them in a similar situation to the weekend with long term absentees Johnson, Lucas, Agger, Sakho and Enrique all still unavailable. For Fulham are in a strong position with Etheridge and Briggs being the only missing members.

Fulham currently find themselves stone dead last in the table but they are only four points shy of an escape, with things so tight at the bottom of the table the Londoners will be desperate to grab as many points as they can. Form for Fulham has not been very positive of late with just one win and one draw from six games propping up a string of four los…

That's Amore!

Reds' fans certainly fell in love with Liverpool's performance on Saturday as they confidently beat Fulham putting four goals past Martin Jol's side. Amorebieta began the affair, with an own goal just after 20 minutes. Liverpool then followed up with a goal from Martin Skrtel and two from Luis Suarez. Fulham looked very dismal in this fixture and made it easier for Liverpool to put on a fantastic show.

Fulham began with as strong a team they could whilst Liverpool had made some changes that saw Daniel Agger reintroduced into the side. Glen Johnson was back too but there was no start for Jose Enrique instead Brendan Rodgers opted for Cissokho.

The game started well for Liverpool who cancelled out any initial efforts from the cottagers quickly. A tone was set for this game very early on and it was clear Liverpool were intent on scoring. Luis Suarez as always was lighting a spark and the addition of Philippe Coutinho was adding some extra excitement and options to the Liverp…

Reds Seek Anfield Win Over Fulham

Liverpool welcome Martin Jol's Fulham to Anfield on Saturday as the Reds look to get back on track after their loss to Arsenal at the Emirates. Brendan Rodgers welcomed Philippe Coutinho back on to the bench for the last fixture but it is hoped the starlet will start from the whistle this time out. Liverpool need all the attacking force they have in order to continue to apply pressure on the teams around them.

Still missing for Liverpool are Iago Aspas and of course Coates, the positive news though is that both Glen Johnson and Jose Enrique should be able to start. This is a massive plus I feel because in my opinion three at the back works a hell of a lot better with those two as wing backs.

For Fulham they are without Rodallega, Briggs and there is also a doubt hanging over Brede Hangeland. Also out for the Cottagers is Sascha Reither who starts a ban after a stamp on Manchester United's Januzaj.

Liverpool currently find themselves third in the league but only down to goal d…

Sturridge Hat Trick Sinks Fulham

My favourite image from Sunday, it's just a shame there isn't a bigger version... Image: gettyimages
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 f…

Penultimate Match Of The Season At Fulham

After a rather dire Merseyside derby last weekend Liverpool will be looking to put in a good performance in their clash with Fulham on Sunday. As the penultimate game it's clear that the Reds have underachieved this season and that's mainly down to their inconsistency  With Gerrard and Agger both missing on Sunday too it will prove a difficult task to secure a win against Fulham at the cottage.

Injuries for Liverpool are still pretty much the same with the two lads mentioned above also missing out and obviously Luis Suarez isn't available. For Fulham they have had some good news with Riether and Petric back from injury, they are without Steve Sidwell who is serving a ban.

Fulham are currently 12th in the league on 40 points whilst Liverpool are in 7th on 55 chasing after Everton's almost unassailable 60 points.

The last time the two sides met was in December last year. A confident win for Liverpool saw them collect 4 goals via 4 different scorers; Martin Skrtel, Steve…

Four Goals Stun Fulham

Liverpool notched up a very successful 4-0 win at Anfield on Saturday as they brushed aside Martin Jol's Fulham team. It was a far cry from the Villa game and Liverpool found their goals from four different scorers, a perfect way to start off the festive season.

Liverpool started with Suso and Shelvey for this one with many wondering why Sterling had been dropped and some calling for the improved Henderson to start instead. I personally was happy with this line up, Suso is somebody who I felt should have featured in the Villa game. He's a bit of a rough diamond at the moment but he adds an angle that the opposition aren't expecting.

Fulham haven't been playing their best football of late and so it was a good time for the Reds to face them as they had the chance to move into 8th place. It didn't take Liverpool long at all to cement their intentions with unlikely goalscorer Martin Skrtel getting things well and truly under way.

A corner from Steven Gerrard fell to M…

Festive Fulham At Anfield

Here's hoping it's a fun festive atmosphere for Liverpool by the end of the 90 minutes as Brendan's boys get ready to face the Cottagers. It's been a week since Liverpool's rather disappointing defeat at the hands of Aston Villa and most fans were left pretty miffed by the result so here's hoping an early Christmas present is on the cards.

For Liverpool they are once again able to call upon Jose Enrique and Nuri Sahin who now has a fixed nose either that or he's playing the part of Rudolph. Out and not available for Liverpool though is Assaidi. Fulham are nearly at full strength squad wise but Steve Sidwell is serving a ban.

The Reds are currently two points ahead of Fulham placed 12th in the table. Liverpool were hoping to apply some pressure on the teams above them with three points from their last game but after that failed to occur Brendan will surely be even more eager to ensure he takes the win this time around at Anfield.

The last time the two sides…

Own Goal Gives Fulham Win

Fulham won at Anfield on Tuesday night for the first time ever. That's right, they've never won at Anfield and that in a nutshell seems to sum up Liverpool's league form this season, especially at home. Things were made worse because it was a Martin Skrtel own goal that won it for Fulham.

9 changes to the line up were bound to create some sort of havoc but it was hoped a positive could be created from this... It wasn't.

Fulham put themselves on the score sheet just five minutes in after creating some pressure in the box. Unfortunately for Martin Skrtel he was the one who ended up gifting the Cottagers their lead.

The sad thing was, other than this involvement from the Liverpool defence, not much else happened. It was unbelievably dire. Considering this was a chance for the players to prove they should start on Saturday, they didn't seem to care.

Ex Liverpool men Riise and Murphy got a great reception from the Anfield crowd and Riise had a couple of chances in fron…

Fulham To Face Before Cup Final

Liverpool welcome Fulham to Anfield on Tuesday evening for their last league game before the massive FA Cup final at the weekend. The Reds recorded a confident win over Norwich on Saturday thanks to a glorious Luis Suarez hat-trick and here's hoping that sort of result is repeated.

Fulham have the chance to go level with Liverpool in the league on Tuesday which is a worrying thought considering Liverpool haven't finished 8th or below in the league for 58 years and already find themselves in a sticky situation with the Toffees just above them.

The last time the two sides met Clint Dempsey rubbed salt into the wounds with a late winner. The problem was, really, he shouldn't have been on the pitch after the headbutt on Craig Bellamy, maybe Bellers should have jumped to the floor like Perch did for Newcastle.

Despite some good results against Liverpool over the years Fulham have actually never won at Anfield. Considering Liverpool have been poor of late at home, this is a nic…

Late Dempsey Winner Leaves Liverpool Deflated

Liverpool fell to a late defeat at Craven Cottage on Monday night after the home side grabbed a winner courtesy of Clint Dempsey. Liverpool by no means deserved to lose and after a frustrating battle with rotten luck and some questionable refereeing decisions the Reds found themselves gutted by the end of the 90 minutes.

Dalglish chose to play Jay Spearing in the gap left by the injured Lucas Leiva and it was Henderson and Bellamy selected for the wings. Dempsey and Dembele did start in the end after doubts over there fitness and Jol went with Zamora as his front man.

Before i get into the swing of things I'd just like to point out from the onset that i am not making excuses, I'm not blaming the referee, I'm just going to be highlighting the fact that Liverpool were seriously unlucky. On another day, decisions would have been different and the soddin bar and post would have moved an inch! Anyway...

It was a lively start from both sides at the Cottage with Dembele getting …

Trip To Craven Cottage

Liverpool make the long trip down to Fulham for a Monday night fixture this week. The Reds have just come off the back of a 2-0 win over Chelsea in the League Cup and are in fighting form at the moment. Fulham however suffered defeat to FC Twente in the week and have to go back to October for a win in the Premier League.

Injuries for Liverpool mean that Steven Gerrard is once again unavailable and after the terrible news on Lucas Leiva, we now know the Brazilian will miss the rest of the campaign.

For Fulham Damien Duff will be unavailable for manager Martin Jol and doubts hang over Dembele and Dempsey but Fulham are hoping they will be fit enough to start.

Most people will vividly remember the last clash between the two sides. The 5-2 victory last season for Liverpool was a hell of a game, Maxi Rodriguez even grabbed a hat trick. We don't have to go too far back to find a Fulham win at home though, the Cottagers beat us in 2009 on Halloween the confident, 3-1 win certainly left …

Liverpool Victorious In 7 Goal Thriller

7 goals in 3 matches ain't bad at all...
There can't have been many people predicting an exciting clash last night at Craven Cottage and if anyone had a punt on 5-2 then I'll eat my hat! In a game which saw Maxi score his second hat trick in three games, Kuyt score his fifth goal in as many games and Suarez sprinkle magic from the defence all the way into the Fulham net, the travelling fans were rewarded with an emphatic display!

An unchanged eleven from Dalglish sprung immediately into action with Suarez on a run into the box, his pass aimed at the approaching Kuyt and Meireles took a deflection and Schwarzer managed only to get a foot to it to make a clearance. After splaying out the ball came to an awaiting Maxi Rodriguez who struck to put the Reds 1-0 up in what i had down as 32 seconds - phenomenal.

Little time to even catch a breath and Liverpool were on the attack again, Glen Johnson saw his chance when Salcido failed to encroach on his attack down the wing, a floati…

Can Kuyt Make It Five In Five At Fulham?

Will it be a Thriller?...
The Reds travel to Craven Cottage tomorrow for their Monday night clash with Mark Hughes' Fulham side. With both teams in pretty good form and Liverpool still mathematically in a chase for the Champions League, three points is what the lads will be after.

Still out injured for Liverpool are captain Steven Gerrard, Fabio Aurelio, Daniel Agger and Martin Kelly. Also added to the list is the unfavoured Milan Jovanovic who picked up a knee injury last month, he may still be an option for Dalglish though on Monday as his recovery is going well.

Fulham have Halliche and Gera out and also Duff who has an Achilles problem. Perhaps most worryingly for the side from London though is the fact that Dempsey may be unable to start. A hamstring pull means the star man may be kept out. The American brings a lot to the Fulham side and is a vital link in their system.

Familiar face Danny Murphy will be raring to go tomorrow, the ex Liverpool man always looks forward to meet…

Own Goal? Who Cares, Isn't It About Time Liverpool Had A Date With Lady Luck?

Ohhhh pants...
Liverpool's 1-0 victory over Fulham last night has sent the Reds into the dizzying heights of 7th place. It wasn't a perfect performance and a few nervy moments towards the end of the 90minutes nearly saw Liverpool lose their lead. Strong heads from the likes of Pepe Reina and Meireles though meant Liverpool could celebrate a second win under Kenny Dalglish.

After Lucas apparently was unfit, Christian Poulsen kept his place in the starting line up even with the reintroduction of Steven Gerrard. The rest of the side was the same put out against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The first half for Liverpool indicated that Fulham were going to be harder to break down than Wolves at the weekend. Although the Reds were taking their chances; mainly via Fernando Torres, the likes of Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele were causing problems regularly for the defence and Pepe Reina.

Steven Gerrard had a decent first 45minutes even with his three games out he looked pretty fresh. His …

Fulham Travel To Anfield

Can Torres continue his run of goals?...
Well, Roy Hodgson never got to face his old side Fulham in charge of Liverpool FC... (thank god) and so it's Kenny's turn to attempt to add another win to his sides superb 3-0 victory at Molineux last weekend.

Fulham have hit a run of form recently after beating Stoke City, West Brom and also drawing with Wigan Athletic in their last three matches. Ok, there's more formidable oppositions within the Premier League but some steady results and goals mean they will have some confidence heading into this fixture at Anfield.

Clint Dempsey has been on fire of late scoring three goals in his last three Premier League matches. Personal opinion means i for one will be most weary of him tomorrow.

Fulham do have quite an extensive injury list with Briggs, Zamora and Senderos all out injured and Schwarzer out on international duty. Etuhu and Hughes are also doubts after picking up hamstring injuries at the weekend.

Liverpool are still without Jam…

Roy Set To Face His Old Fulham Side

Any more of this face rubbing and i'm gonna have to go Phantom Of The Opera-stylee...
Fulham fans will probably be quite pleased to see Roy Hodgson tomorrow when they make the trip to Anfield. Mark Hughes hasn't exactly got them off to a good start and Roy is still a well respected figure down South. Of course, we all know the reason behind this... Because Roy is a Fulham level Manager. However i still wouldn't fancy a swap deal for Hughesy would you??
For Liverpool some perhaps positive news in the hope that Captain Steven Gerrard will be ready to start against Fulham tomorrow. Spearing, Carragher and Agger however are still out and i'm getting more and more concerned with Agger's case, i just don't believe what they're telling us. After reading those comments in the Danish press, i just can't get the thought that something more serious is wrong out of my head.
Fulham have injuries to Senderos, Zamora, Stoor, Halliche, Dembele and Briggs. However most of …

Roy Takes The Anfield Hot Seat

Best of luck Roy YNWA...
Bit slow with keeping up with the latest news it may seem but fear not, i was aware Roy Hodgson was unveiled last week as manager, just couldn't find time to do a post so here it is.
Hodgson has left behind a Fulham side who have believed to have been paid a compensation fee in the region of £2million and stepped into as he called it "The biggest job in club football..."
Of course he's right, Liverpool pushing aside the enormous parasite sucking on the club at the moment which is the case of the ownership, is still, and always has been a very lucrative job in club football, and as Roy also highlighted we are still "Britain's most successful football club."
Unfortunately under normal circumstances a new manager would be met with extreme excitement and the fans would be filled with hope. However, this time out through no fault of the manager, the fan base simply cannot get excited, firstly because they know the harsh reality that unti…

Practice Run?

Murphy would love to score at Anfield again...
With Fulham also managing to get through to the semi finals of the Europa League on Thursday just like ourselves, tomorrow's game could be a warm up for the final of the competition.
Hodgson is often praised for his managerial skills and it is clear that he can hold is own amongst European competition.
I'm sure you all remember the first meeting this season between Liverpool and Fulham too when Roy Hodgson had the last laugh over Rafa Benitez after his side beat the Reds who were reduced to 9 men on the day of Halloween.
Horror show was an understatement and despite the fact that maybe some refereeing decisions were questionable, Liverpool were not up to scratch, tomorrow we will be looking to get an absolutely vital 3 points but also revenge.
At Anfield and after beating Benfica in such style, you have to feel pretty happy facing Fulham tomorrow. Despite players like Clint Dempsey looking to cause problems and ex Liverpool favourite …

A Treat Was Far From On The Card's Today As Liverpool Crash To Frightful Defeat

Almost an indescribable stream of events at Craven Cottage today for a yo-yoing Liverpool side. After triumphantly beating Manchester United in superb style last weekend Liverpool suffered a 3-1 defeat to a rampant Fulham who were determined to punish at maximum for Liverpool's mistakes.

The starting eleven under the circumstances was a good team, the only exception being Kygriakos, Voronin and possibly Degen depending on how you look at him. Despite this, the fact is, that 11 were more than capable of coming away from Craven Cottage with 3 points. At minimum a draw, that team had too much talent/experience in to fall to a defeat.
The starting eleven in the first half were clearly the better side, with bags of possession and numerous shots, it should have only have been a matter of time before we netted. 24 minutes and in the midst of a Liverpool dominated half Zamora is allowed to send his chance goal bound and against the run of things Liverpool are left trailing in the first half…