Liverpool 4-0 Fulham – Reds Dominant

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By Jonathan Carroll

Going into Saturdays game against Fulham the Anfield faithful waited eagerly to see if Brendan Rodgers’ men could turn the corner and put together an all round performance. A performance consisting of the usual domiance of possession and chances but with goals resulting from those chances created.

Stewart Downing was told by Brendan Rodgers he was free to look for a new club last week. Downing gave one of if not his best performances in a Liverpool jersey on Saturday. From his willingness to go at opposition players combined with his tracking back and getting into tackles. Downing it seems has decided to fight for his place at Anfield. With Daniel Sturridge seemingly on his way to Anfield in the January transfer window from Chelsea, the competition for the aforementioned place in the starting eleven is about to increase.

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Liverpool were completely dominant from the outset. Passing Fulham off the pitch at times and only allowing the visitors to create half chances when the foot was well and truly off the gas. Suso and Jonjo Shelvey started as Joe Allen and Raheem Sterling were rested. Steven Gerrard played further forward and seemed more at ease in a more attacking position. Lucas Leiva was constantly breaking up Fulham attacks and distributing the ball intelligently. Something that has been missing while the Brazilian was out injured.

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Good movement from Luis Suarez on a Steven Gerrard corner allowed Martin Skrtel to get free and smash a volley past Fulham’s Mark Schwarzer. Downing was involved in everything and duly played in Gerrard after the skipper made a surging run from deep and finished with aplomb.

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The second half saw more of the same from the Redmen. Downing took on John Arne Riise on the right, cut inside on his left foot and hammered Liverpool’s third into the net at the Kop end. The night wasn’t complete without a Suarez goal and the Uruguayan duly obliged in injury time after great work from Jose Enrique along the byline.

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Liverpool are away to Stoke next in the league and will face a much stiffer test than Fulham. Chances were converted and Liverpool strolled on Saturday. Stoke away will give a better test of character and with the Reds sitting five points off fourth, there’s no room to slip up if they want to over achieve this season. A recharged Downing was a sight to behold but the challenge now is to maintain this form. Steven Gerrard reached the heights he previously set in his early years as to how he performs after failing to stamp his authority so far this season leading up to the Fulham game.

Liverpool

  • 25 Reina – 6
  • 02 Johnson – 7 (Booked)
  • 03 Jose Enrique – 8
  • 05 Agger – 6
  • 37 Skrtel – 7
  • 08 Gerrard – 8
  • 19 Downing – 9
  • 21 Lucas – 8 (Carragher – 83′ )
  • 33 Shelvey – 7 (Allen – 74′ )
  • 07 Suarez – 6
  • 30 Suso – 6 (Sterling – 71′ )

Substitutes

  • 01 Jones
  • 23 Carragher
  • 47 Wisdom
  • 04 Sahin
  • 14 Henderson
  • 24 Allen
  • 31 Sterling

Fulham

  • 01 Schwarzer – 5
  • 03 Riise – 4
  • 05 Hangeland – 3
  • 06 Baird – 4
  • 15 Richardson – 4 (Frei – 54′ ) – 7
  • 18 Hughes – 5
  • 27 Riether – 5
  • 14 Karagounis – 6 (Booked)
  • 31 Kacaniklic – 4 (Rodallega – 46′ )
  • 09 Berbatov – 4
  • 24 Dejagah – 5 (Booked)

Substitutes

  • 13 Stockdale
  • 04 Senderos
  • 17 Briggs
  • 08 Kasami
  • 21 Frei
  • 25 Tavares
  • 20 Rodallega
Referee: Mark Clattenburg
Attendance: 44,570
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5 thoughts on “Liverpool 4-0 Fulham – Reds Dominant

  1. Excellent match report and spot on with player ratings. I was confident after seeing the team with Sterling rested. All apart from Shelvey played very well. Downing played very well. Best for this season but not in Liverpool shirt. He played a couple of games better last season. I also think Gerrard played his best game of the season and was my man of match. Downing may be got it beacuse of his first ever goal and first ever assist.

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