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4 vs 0
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December 22, 2012 11:00 PM IST
Anfield — Liverpool
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 44570‎
 
 
 
 
90+2′ Luis Suárez
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Liverpool 4-0 Fulham

Brendan Rodgers' side dominated the off-colour Cottagers at Anfield as Martin Skrtel, Steven Gerrard, Stewart Downing and Luis Suarez provided the goals in a rare home rout

By David Lynch at Anfield

  • Pepe Reina
    34
    6
    3.00

    Pepe Reina

    Suffered a scare early on as he failed to judge Richardson's shot and could only keep it out with his legs. Rarely tested from then on.

  • Glen Johnson
    41
    1
    3.50

    Glen Johnson

    At the heart of so much good that Liverpool did down the right. Combined well with both Suso and Downing.

  • José Enrique
    44
    0
    3.00

    José Enrique

    Seems to have been given a new lease of life since a short stint in the front three. Defended as enthusiastically as he attacked.

  • Daniel Agger
    42
    0
    3.00

    Daniel Agger

    Composed in the face of pressure from Rodallega and Berbatov. Should have scored from four yards out in the first half, though.

  • Martin Skrtel
    48
    0
    3.50

    Martin Skrtel

    Broke the deadlock brilliantly with a controlled drive. Took confidence from that and kept Fulham's potentially threatening frontline at bay with ease.

  • Steven Gerrard
    66
    1
    4.00

    Steven Gerrard

    Hs best performance for Liverpool so far this season. Controlled midfield, providing two assists and a goal.

  • Stewart Downing
    83
    2
    4.00

    Stewart Downing Top of the Match

    Provided the first Premier League assist of his Liverpool career with a wonderful through-ball to Gerrard before scoring his maiden goal in the competition since moving to Merseyside. The confidence he showed in ghosting past Riise before driving home showed everything he has often lacked for the Reds.

  • Lucas Leiva
    41
    2
    3.00

    Lucas Leiva

    Kept things ticking over well but is not yet back to his best - as evidenced by the occasional laboured run.

  • Suso
    39
    6
    2.50

    Suso

    Showed some lovely control and movement but did not always impact, as can be expected of a youngster.

  • Jonjo Shelvey
    27
    15
    2.50

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Struggled to make a contribution of note as Gerrard dominated in areas he attempted to patrol. Kept working though.

  • Luis Suárez
    63
    0
    3.50

    Luis Suárez

    Despite the ball seemingly never bouncing in his favour, kept up his trademark work rate and got the goal it deserved late on to complete the rout.

Substitutions

  • Jamie Carragher
    32
    1

    Jamie Carragher

    A late, time-wasting substitute.

  • Joe Allen
    33
    1
    3.00

    Joe Allen

    Did not have much time to influence matters and largely kept it simple.

  • Raheem Sterling
    45
    1
    3.50

    Raheem Sterling

    Should have won a penalty after slick interchange with Suarez but was inexplicably denied by Mark Clattenburg.

  • Mark Schwarzer
    5
    5
    2.50

    Mark Schwarzer

    Given no chance with the first two goals or Suarez's late strik, but might have done better with Stewart Downing's effort which snuck in at his near post.

  • John Arne Riise
    11
    3
    2.50

    John Arne Riise

    Had his name sung by the Kop thanks to his past exploits at Anfield but was given a torrid time by Downing.

  • Brede Hangeland
    2
    8
    2.00

    Brede Hangeland Flop of the Match

    Typified the slowness which allowed Liverpool in behind on so many occasions. Clearly does not enjoy the type of challenge posed by Suarez.

  • Chris Baird
    3
    3
    2.50

    Chris Baird

    Kept things simple but could not cope with the hosts' numerical advantage in the middle.

  • Aaron Hughes
    1
    5
    2.50

    Aaron Hughes

    Much like his centre-half partner, could not keep up with Suarez at all. Run ragged by an intelligent Liverpool attack.

  • Sascha Riether
    3
    3
    3.00

    Sascha Riether

    Got forward well on the break early on but curbed his runs as Liverpool dominated. Fairly solid defensively.

  • Giorgos Karagounis
    4
    3
    2.00

    Giorgos Karagounis

    Tried to provide drive from midfield early on but was overrun as Shelvey, Lucas and Gerrard controlled things.

  • Kieran Richardson
    3
    3
    2.50

    Kieran Richardson

    Tested Reina early on but had little to contribute once that effort from distance was kept out.

  • Ashkan Dejagah
    4
    3
    3.00

    Ashkan Dejagah

    Looks like one of Fulham's biggest threats in the first period as the Cottagers broke with genuine pace.

  • Alexander Kacaniklic
    4
    3
    2.50

    Alexander Kacaniklic

    Tested Reina inside the box early in the first half but had little subsequent impact and was subbed off at half-time.

  • Dimitar Berbatov
    6
    7
    3.00

    Dimitar Berbatov

    Never looked likely to lose possession but often took the ball in positions which could not threaten the hosts.

Substitutions

  • Kerim Frei
    4
    5

    Kerim Frei

    Had very few opportunities to show his trickery as Liverpool monopolised possession.

  • Hugo Rodallega
    4
    7
    2.00

    Hugo Rodallega

    Introduced at half-time but failed to turn the tide for Fulham. Kept on a leash by a determined Reds defence.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2