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1 vs 0
Played
January 27, 2011 1:30 AM IST
Anfield — Liverpool
Referee:‬ L. Probert‎
Attendance:‬ 40466‎
 
52′ (OG) John Pantsil
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Liverpool 1-0 Fulham

By Greg Stobart at Anfield

  • Pepe Reina
    81
    1
    3.50

    Pepe Reina

    Untroubled until the final 10 minutes, when he made fine saves to deny Hughes and then Dembele to keep out the visitors and make sure his side won all three points.

  • Martin Kelly
    68
    7
    3.50

    Martin Kelly

    Assured display and got forward at every opportunity, but lacked final ball and sloppy passes created a first half chance for Dembele.

  • Martin Skrtel
    54
    13
    3.50

    Martin Skrtel

    Better than in recent weeks as he stuck tight to the Fulham forwards and won some important challenges. Dropped deep towards the end and beaten in the air.

  • Daniel Agger
    119
    2
    3.50

    Daniel Agger

    Classy defender made a number of interceptions and was always comfortable on the ball. Coped well with the movement of Dembele and Johnson.

  • Glen Johnson
    75
    3
    3.50

    Glen Johnson

    Looking increasingly comfortable on the left, although his forward surges are less common. Rasping drive from 25 yards forced Stockdale into a diving save.

  • Dirk Kuyt
    30
    38
    2.50

    Dirk Kuyt

    As ever, worked tirelessly on the Liverpool right. Played at high intensity and constantly made himself available before being replaced by Shelvey in the 66th minute.

  • Christian Poulsen
    72
    12
    3.00

    Christian Poulsen

    Much maligned at the start of his Liverpool career, the Dane was quietly efficient here as he held a solid defensive position and kept his passing simple.

  • Raúl Meireles
    163
    2
    3.50

    Raúl Meireles Top of the Match

    Full of confidence after two stunning goals in his last two outings, played a perfect early pass to Torres but the Spaniard's goal was ruled out for offside. Generally the most advanced Reds midfielder, picked the ball up in dangerous positions and was full of ceativity. Nearly scored an opener with a powerful header.

  • Maxi Rodríguez
    52
    16
    3.00

    Maxi Rodríguez

    The Argentine midfielder was quiet for long spells of the game but has formed a good relationship with Torres and Meireles. Had the beating of Pantsil on the few occasions he took on the Ghanian.

  • Steven Gerrard
    67
    13
    3.00

    Steven Gerrard

    The Liverpool captain at his influential best - he lacked his usual sharpness and drive - but made himself available for the ball and tried to make things happen for the hosts.

  • Fernando Torres
    85
    13
    3.50

    Fernando Torres

    From the first minute looked like he was on his game and was unlucky that he had a goal ruled out following a perfectly timed run and finish. Forced the goal as he turned quickly and saw his shot deflected on to the post.

Substitutions

  • Fabio Aurelio
    28
    3
    3.00

    Fabio Aurelio

    Replaced Poulsen 10 minutes from time as Liverpool dropped deep to see the game out.

  • Jonjo Shelvey
    32
    18
    2.50

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Replaced Kuyt in the 66th minute but looked very raw despite some glimpses of of ability.

  • David Stockdale
    16
    10
    3.50

    David Stockdale

    Brilliant diving saves to deny Meireles and Johnson were not enough to earn him the luck to keep out the bizarre goal that broke the deadlock.

  • Chris Baird
    5
    6
    3.00

    Chris Baird

    The Nothern Irish defender produced a solid display against Kuyt but sometimes failed to cover his central defenders when Torres made runs off the ball.

  • Aaron Hughes
    7
    3
    3.50

    Aaron Hughes

    Excellent for most of the game as Fulham frustrated the hosts and denied them space to create chances. Caught out on occasions by Torres' pace but recovered well and stayed on his feet. Header from corner forced Reina into a diving save.

  • Brede Hangeland
    8
    7
    3.50

    Brede Hangeland

    Towering in the air and dealt with most crosses delivered into the penalty area. Unfortunate touch on Torres' strike deflected the ball onto the post and eventually Liverpool scored. Thought he had equalised but header was cleared off the line by Meireles.

  • John Paintsil
    30
    26
    2.50

    John Paintsil Flop of the Match

    Scored a ridiculous own goal as he sliced the ball away from his goalkeeper and into the net. Seemed riled thereafter as he tried to pick fights with Gerrard and Johnson, which angered the home crowd.

  • Clint Dempsey
    9
    9
    3.00

    Clint Dempsey

    Sloppy pass straight to Torres ahead of Liverpool's goal ruined an impressive performance from the American. Went close with three efforts and always looked a threat as he made late runs to support the Fulham strikers.

  • Danny Murphy
    7
    5
    3.00

    Danny Murphy

    Still very much appreciated by the Kop and he kept Fulham ticking on his return to one of his former clubs. Didn't get the ball in enough dangerous positions to deliver a killer pass but went close with a trademark free-kick.

  • Steve Sidwell
    6
    4
    3.00

    Steve Sidwell

    Played well in the first half as Fulham pressed the Liverpool midfield and denied them time and space on the ball. Intensity tailed off towards the end as his legs tired.

  • Damien Duff
    3
    9
    2.50

    Damien Duff

    On the periphery of the game. The Irishman's passing was off target and dribbling unsuccessful before he was substituted in the 66th minute.

  • Andy Johnson
    9
    5
    3.00

    Andy Johnson

    Rarely looked like troubling the Liverpool goalkeeper but was a menace for the home defenders as he buzzed around in the final third. Made some excellent runs out wide and played some dangerous balls into the box.

  • Mousa Dembele
    9
    6
    3.00

    Mousa Dembele

    Infuriated Mark Hughes when he struck a late chance straight at Reina. Looked more comfortable when he dropped deep and linked up well with his team-mates.

Substitutions

  • Zoltán Gera
    5
    7
    3.00

    Zoltán Gera

    Replaced Duff midway through the second half but had little influence on the game.

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