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Liverpool 4-0 Fulham

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.

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.

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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.

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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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Line-ups

Liverpool

  • 22Mignolet
  • 2Johnson
  • 20CissokhoSubstituted forJose Enriqueat 61'minutes
  • 8GerrardSubstituted forAllenat 67'minutes
  • 37Skrtel
  • 5Agger
  • 14Henderson
  • 21Lucas
  • 7Suárez
  • 15SturridgeSubstituted forMosesat 76'minutes
  • 10Coutinho

Substitutes

  • 1Jones
  • 3Jose Enrique
  • 6Luis Alberto
  • 12Moses
  • 17Sakho
  • 24Allen
  • 31Sterling

Fulham

  • 1Stekelenburg
  • 22ZveroticSubstituted forHughesat 61'minutes
  • 15Richardson
  • 7Sidwell
  • 4Senderos
  • 35Amorebieta
  • 24Dejagah
  • 28ParkerBooked at 25mins
  • 9BerbatovSubstituted forKaragounisat 83'minutes
  • 8Kasami
  • 11KacaniklicSubstituted forRuizat 45'minutes

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home32
Away4
Shots on Target
Home10
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool 4, Fulham 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Liverpool 4, Fulham 0.
Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).
Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).
Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.
Foul by Luis Suárez (Liverpool).
Aaron Hughes (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Joe Allen (Liverpool).
Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Glen Johnson (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham).
Joe Allen (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham).
Offside, Liverpool. Victor Moses tries a through ball, but José Enrique is caught offside.
Foul by Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool).
Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Joe Allen (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Fernando Amorebieta.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Giorgos Karagounis replaces Dimitar Berbatov.
Offside, Fulham. Scott Parker tries a through ball, but Steve Sidwell is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Victor Moses replaces Daniel Sturridge.
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.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Bryan Ruiz.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Kieran Richardson.
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.
Offside, Liverpool. Luis Suárez tries a through ball, but Daniel Sturridge is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.
Luis Suárez (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Joe Allen replaces Steven Gerrard.
Attempt missed. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz.
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.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Fernando Amorebieta.
Attempt blocked. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Gerrard.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Aaron Hughes replaces Elsad Zverotic.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. José Enrique replaces Aly Cissokho.
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Daniel Agger.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Arsenal108111325
2Liverpool117221123
3Southampton116411022
4Chelsea11632821
5Everton11551420
6Tottenham10622420
7Man City106131719
8Man Utd10523417
9West Brom11353014
10Aston Villa11425-114
11Newcastle10424-214
12Hull11425-514
13Cardiff11335-612
14Swansea10325011
15Norwich11326-1211
16West Ham11245-210
17Fulham11317-910
18Stoke10235-49
19Sunderland10118-154
20Crystal Palace11119-154
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