Premier League

Fulham 2-3 Liverpool

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
Fulham v Liverpool

Steven Gerrard scored a last-gasp penalty as Liverpool moved to within four points of the Premier League summit after a dramatic win at Fulham.

Kolo Toure's own goal gave the Cottagers a surprise lead before Daniel Sturridge levelled following Gerrard's delightful pass.

Kieran Richardson capitalised on poor defending by Martin Skrtel to restore bottom-of-the table Fulham's advantage.

But Philippe Coutinho equalised from 20 yards before Gerrard's penalty.

Rodgers praises 'peerless' Gerrard

The spot-kick was awarded by referee Phil Dowd after Sascha Riether's clumsy stoppage-time challenge on Sturridge.

Gerrard's calm conversion gave Liverpool a fifth league win of the calendar year and ensures they remain in the mix for the title after an unbeaten start to 2014.

Yet this was anything but easy for the Reds as Fulham twice took the lead before crumbling in the closing stages.

In a reversal of Saturday's 5-1 victory over Arsenal, in which they were 2-0 up in the opening 10 minutes, Liverpool found themselves behind for the first time in an away match this year after Toure's early error.

The 32-year-old, standing on the edge of the six-yard area, horribly sliced Richardson's innocuous low cross beyond Simon Mignolet with just eight minutes played.

Toure's chaotic start to the match continued moments later when he flattened referee Dowd by running into him.

Fulham's previous two home league games had ended in 3-0 and 4-1 defeats at the hands of Southampton and Sunderland respectively.

But the Cottagers, thanks to the infectious enthusiasm of midfielder Lewis Holtby, carried on from where they left off in their 2-2 draw against Manchester United on Sunday as they rattled their opponents.

Phil Dowd
Referee Phil Dowd was knocked to the floor in a collision with Liverpool defender Kolo Toure

Even before Toure's calamitous mistake, midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe had gone close after catching Liverpool's defence napping in the opening minute.

Indeed, in the opening half, Brendan Rodgers's side were a shadow of the one that had destroyed the Gunners a few days earlier. Even captain Gerrard was guilty of gifting the hosts possession.

With the Reds struggling to find any sort of rhythm, Darren Bent, back in Fulham's starting line-up following his last-gasp heroics at Old Trafford, spurned a glorious chance to double the lead from Richardson's tempting 32nd-minute cross.

And nine minutes later the Reds were level. Gerrard's delightful pass with the outside of his right boot sliced the home defence wide open and Sturridge kept his composure to score in off the post.

In an entertaining game, Luis Suarez was denied by the woodwork moments before Richardson put the hosts back in front from close range after a poor attempted clearance from Skrtel in the 63rd minute.

However, Fulham conceded their 57th top-flight goal of the season when Coutinho drilled home from just outside the area.

Soon after Fulham lost keeper Maarten Stekelenburg to injury before Gerrard's late heroics left Liverpool's travelling support in raptures - and their hosts another match closer to the Championship.

Defeat hard to take for Meulensteen

Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen:

"I definitely think we deserved a point We actually played quite well, were well organised, we didn't let them settle into a rhythm.

"Out of a nothing ball, Gerrard made a pass with the quality he's got and they stuck it in the net so you have to start again.

"The penalty was just a silly challenge that should not have been made by Sascha.

"The first thing he admitted when he walked in the dressing room was: 'Sorry, I shouldn't have done it'."



Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1StekelenburgSubstituted forStockdaleat 76'minutes
  • 27RietherBooked at 50mins
  • 4HeitingaBooked at 90mins
  • 33Burn
  • 3Riise
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 6KvistBooked at 9mins
  • 7Sidwell
  • 15RichardsonBooked at 64minsSubstituted forKacaniklicat 71'minutes
  • 10Holtby
  • 39Bent


  • 5Hangeland
  • 8Kasami
  • 11Kacaniklic
  • 13Stockdale
  • 16Duff
  • 21Cole
  • 28Parker


Formation 4-3-3

  • 22Mignolet
  • 38Flanagan
  • 37Skrtel
  • 4K Touré
  • 20Cissokho
  • 10CoutinhoBooked at 56minsSubstituted forAggerat 90+2'minutes
  • 8GerrardBooked at 90mins
  • 14HendersonBooked at 77mins
  • 31SterlingSubstituted forVilaca Teixeiraat 82'minutes
  • 15Sturridge
  • 7Suárez


  • 1Jones
  • 5Agger
  • 9Iago Aspas
  • 12Moses
  • 24Allen
  • 34Kelly
  • 53Vilaca Teixeira
Phil Dowd

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamLiverpool
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 2, Liverpool 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Liverpool 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lewis Holtby (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. João Teixeira (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a fast break.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Daniel Agger replaces Philippe Coutinho.

  6. Booking

    Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Fulham 2, Liverpool 3. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

  8. Booking

    Johnny Heitinga (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Penalty Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge draws a foul in the penalty area.

  10. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Sascha Riether (Fulham) after a foul in the penalty area.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool).

  12. Post update

    Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool).

  14. Post update

    Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Simon Mignolet.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lewis Holtby (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Luis Suarez.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. João Teixeira replaces Raheem Sterling.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool).

As It Stood

3Man City25173568274154
7Man Utd26126841311042
11West Ham2677122833-528
12Aston Villa2677122736-928
15Crystal Palace2582151834-1626
17West Brom26412103038-824
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