Liverpool produced another ruthless display at Anfield to overwhelm Fulham and leave manager Martin Jol facing more questions about his future.

Luis Suarez, once again, provided the spark for Liverpool as he scored his seventh and eighth goals of the season.

The win lifted the Anfield club into second place in the Premier League table, two points behind leaders Arsenal, who have a game in hand.

Fulham were never in this from the moment Brendan Rodgers's side took a first-half lead thanks to an own goal by Fernando Amorebieta. Martin Skrtel's thumping header doubled the lead and Suarez fired in the first of his two goals before half-time.

Match stats

Liverpool Fulham

Possession

68%

32%

Goals

4

0

Shots

32

4

On target

10

1

Corners

9

3

Fouls

13

9

Cautions

0

1

Red cards

0

0

The Uruguayan added Liverpool's fourth with a rising shot 10 minutes into the second half, to leave Fulham fans streaming for the exits with their side just two points above the relegation zone after a third straight defeat.

Jol says he does not fear the sack but this result will only increase the speculation regarding his future. Just when Fulham needed pace, purpose and passion, his side produced a performance that lacked all of those qualities. They were insipid, not inventive.

It could have been far worse. That it wasn't owed much to Fulham goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, who denied Liverpool certain goals on at least three occasions.

This was, of course, never going to be an easy task for Jol's side. Fulham have won just once in 33 visits to Anfield.

Actor Mike Myers, of Austin Powers and Wayne's World fame, watched on from the second row of the directors' box as his beloved Liverpool produced a command performance of their own.

Jol will not have seen the funny side. Liverpool's starring cast lead the way, with Philippe Coutinho instrumental and Steven Gerrard tremendous throughout. This was a truly decisive response to a 2-0 defeat by Arsenal last Saturday.

Liverpool 4-0 Fulham: Martin Jol 'frustrated' after seventh defeat

Liverpool have now scored 16 goals in six league games since Suarez returned from a 10-game suspension, with the Uruguayan and Daniel Sturridge grabbing 12 of them - more than the Fulham team combined have scored this season.

Dimitar Berbatov was, once again, a peripheral figure, isolated and alone as the target man. Steve Sidwell and Scott Parker fought hard but were off the pace throughout.

The visitors had held firm until the 26th minute. But once the floodgates opened, there was an inevitability about the outcome.

Liverpool's opener owed much to fortune as Amorebieta inadvertently headed beyond his goalkeeper. Gerrard's excellent free-kick had been headed on by Suarez only for the ball to deflect off Daniel Agger and then Amorebieta on its way in.

Three minutes later, Liverpool went further ahead with Amorebieta at fault once more. Skrtel lost the Fulham defender all too easily and found space to guide Gerrard's pin-point corner beyond Stekelenburg with a thumping header.

Liverpool 4-0 Fulham: Rodgers hails 'star talent' Luis Suarez

Liverpool added a third before half-time. This time Suarez finished a flowing move that began with Gerrard and featured a slide-rule pass from Henderson. The Uruguayan looked up and fired the ball low beyond the Fulham goalkeeper in one fluid movement.

The Reds might have had two more within three minutes of the restart, but they did not have to wait long for their fourth as Fulham threatened to fall apart.

Gerrard burst forward and played another delightfully weighted pass through to Suarez, the striker considered squaring it before unleashing a thumping shot that flashed beyond Stekelenburg and into the net.

With the contest over, the game fizzled out during the final 30 minutes with referee Mike Jones waving away Henderson's claims for a penalty. It mattered not to Liverpool but Fulham left Anfield with much to ponder.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said:

"Our appetite for the game was outstanding. Luis Suarez is a star talent but his core ingredient is his workrate, which is something we're trying to have throughout the team.

"He covers and presses and is a good talisman. Our quality was very good. At half-time I said I wanted us to be relentless, to keep pushing.

"But our intensity was outstanding after the first whistle. We saw today as a very important game, and we made an excellent start. Home games are important, so it was a good victory for us."

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Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Liverpool

  • 22 Mignolet
  • 02 Johnson
  • 20 Cissokho (Jose Enrique - 61' )
  • 08 Gerrard (Allen - 67' )
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 05 Agger
  • 14 Henderson
  • 21 Lucas
  • 07 Suárez
  • 15 Sturridge (Moses - 76' )
  • 10 Coutinho

Substitutes

  • 01 Jones
  • 03 Jose Enrique
  • 06 Luis Alberto
  • 12 Moses
  • 17 Sakho
  • 24 Allen
  • 31 Sterling

Fulham

  • 01 Stekelenburg
  • 22 Zverotic (Hughes - 61' )
  • 15 Richardson
  • 07 Sidwell
  • 04 Senderos
  • 35 Amorebieta
  • 24 Dejagah
  • 28 Parker Booked
  • 09 Berbatov (Karagounis - 83' )
  • 08 Kasami
  • 11 Kacaniklic (Ruiz - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 10 Ruiz
  • 13 Stockdale
  • 14 Karagounis
  • 18 Hughes
  • 19 Taarabt
  • 23 Boateng
  • 39 Bent
Ref: Michael Jones
Att: 44,768

Match Stats

Shots

32 4

On target

10 1

Corners

9 3

Fouls

13 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Liverpool 4, Fulham 0.

90:00 +3:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Liverpool 4, Fulham 0.

90:00 +2:49

Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).

90:00 +2:49

Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:35

Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).

90:00 +2:35

Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:48

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

90:00 +1:01

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

90:00 +0:26

Foul by Luis Suárez (Liverpool).

90:00 +0:26

Aaron Hughes (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:28

Foul by Joe Allen (Liverpool).

89:28

Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:55

Glen Johnson (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:55

Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham).

87:45

Joe Allen (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:45

Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham).

87:04

Offside, Liverpool. Victor Moses tries a through ball, but José Enrique is caught offside.

85:25

Foul by Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool).

85:25

Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:10

Attempt blocked. Joe Allen (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

82:47

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Fernando Amorebieta.

82:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Giorgos Karagounis replaces Dimitar Berbatov.

76:07

Offside, Fulham. Scott Parker tries a through ball, but Steve Sidwell is caught offside.

75:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Victor Moses replaces Daniel Sturridge.

73:55

Attempt saved. Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luis Suárez with a cross.

73:41

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Bryan Ruiz.

73:21

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Kieran Richardson.

70:42

Attempt saved. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

70:05

Offside, Liverpool. Luis Suárez tries a through ball, but Daniel Sturridge is caught offside.

68:10

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

67:49

Luis Suárez (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:49

Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).

66:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Joe Allen replaces Steven Gerrard.

65:24

Attempt missed. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz.

65:00

Attempt missed. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz with a cross.

61:20

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Fernando Amorebieta.

61:17

Attempt blocked. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Gerrard.

60:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Aaron Hughes replaces Elsad Zverotic.

60:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. José Enrique replaces Aly Cissokho.

58:06

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Daniel Agger.

56:07

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right. Assisted by Lucas Leiva.

55:29

Offside, Liverpool. Luis Suárez tries a through ball, but Daniel Sturridge is caught offside.

53:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 4, Fulham 0. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Steven Gerrard.

52:54

Foul by Aly Cissokho (Liverpool).

52:54

Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:31

Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lucas Leiva.

49:42

Foul by Luis Suárez (Liverpool).

49:42

Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:26

Foul by Luis Suárez (Liverpool).

49:26

Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:26

Attempt missed. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho following a fast break.

46:31

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

46:30

Attempt saved. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

46:27

Attempt blocked. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

46:22

Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Sturridge.

45:00

Second Half begins Liverpool 3, Fulham 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Bryan Ruiz replaces Alexander Kacaniklic.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Liverpool 3, Fulham 0.

45:00 +0:27

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:27

Foul by Elsad Zverotic (Fulham).

44:33

Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luis Suárez with a cross following a corner.

43:45

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Fernando Amorebieta.

40:54

Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).

40:54

Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:50

Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:50

Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham).

38:13

Attempt missed. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

37:00

Offside, Fulham. Scott Parker tries a through ball, but Pajtim Kasami is caught offside.

35:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 3, Fulham 0. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Henderson with a through ball.

33:22

Attempt missed. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Glen Johnson.

30:40

Offside, Liverpool. Steven Gerrard tries a through ball, but Daniel Sturridge is caught offside.

30:14

Attempt saved. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

29:30

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Maarten Stekelenburg.

29:25

Attempt saved. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

29:13

Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

28:52

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Fernando Amorebieta.

27:42

Hand ball by Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).

27:12

Foul by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool).

27:12

Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:30 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 2, Fulham 0. Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Steven Gerrard with a cross following a corner.

25:16

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Alexander Kacaniklic.

24:58

Attempt blocked. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

24:49

Attempt blocked. Glen Johnson (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

24:44

Attempt blocked. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Glen Johnson.

24:10 Booking

Booking Scott Parker (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

24:01

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:01

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

22:32 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Fernando Amorebieta, Fulham. Liverpool 1, Fulham 0.

22:31

Attempt blocked. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Gerrard with a cross.

21:47

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:47

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

21:22

Attempt saved. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Pajtim Kasami with a headed pass.

19:53

Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

19:21

Hand ball by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).

17:08

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

17:08

Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

14:56

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Glen Johnson.

14:53

Attempt blocked. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Elsad Zverotic with a cross.

13:37

Foul by Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool).

13:37

Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:37

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Martin Skrtel.

10:39

Attempt saved. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aly Cissokho with a headed pass.

10:34

Attempt blocked. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Glen Johnson.

4:01

Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

2:02

Foul by Luis Suárez (Liverpool).

2:02

Elsad Zverotic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:54

Attempt missed. Daniel Agger (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

0:29

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Kieran Richardson.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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