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2 vs 3
Played
February 12, 2014 3:00 PM EST
Craven Cottage — London
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 25375‎
 
8′ (OG) Kolo Toure
Coutinho 72′
 
Steven Gerrard 90+1′ (PG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Fulham 2-3 Liverpool

A rollercoaster of a game where the hosts led twice was decided in injury time by a Steven Gerrard penalty after Sascha Reither's foul on Daniel Sturridge

By Husmukh Kerai

  • Maarten Stekelenburg
    0
    0
    2.50

    Maarten Stekelenburg

    Had a solid game between the sticks before his night was ended following a nasty collision with Suarez.

  • John Arne Riise
    0
    0
    2.00

    John Arne Riise

    Almost played as a centre-back considering how far inside he tucked most of the time. Bar one or two shaky moments when Liverpool were on top, he gave a reasonable shift.

  • John Heitinga
    0
    1
    2.50

    John Heitinga

    A solid home debut for the veteran Dutch defender. Did well to stay tight to both Sturridge and Suarez in advanced areas but there was little he could do do prevent the equaliser. Lost control of proceedings as Liverpool pushed on late in the game.

  • Sascha Riether
    0
    0
    1.50

    Sascha Riether

    Like Riise, played in a very central position with Kieran Richardson deployed as a wing-back. Couldn't really affect the game going forward at all but did his defensive duties with minimum fuss. Tarnished his performance with a lazy foul to hand Liverpool the chance to win the game from the spot.

  • Dan Burn
    0
    0
    2.50

    Dan Burn

    A towering presence in the heart of the defence and a menace from attacking set-pieces. Offers so many of the qualities Fulham have missed during the absence of Brede Hangeland.

  • William Kvist Jörgensen
    0
    0
    2.50

    William Kvist Jörgensen

    Did a great job in denying Liverpool's midfield time to operate in but as the game continued his legs tired and the visitors began to hurt Fulham in the areas he was tasked to cover.

  • Steve Sidwell
    0
    0
    3.00

    Steve Sidwell

    Another great shift from Fulham's surprise topscorer. He almost added to his tally with an audacious effort in the first half. Tackled, chased and worked from the first minute to the last to make the game difficult for Liverpool.

  • Lewis Holtby
    0
    0
    2.50

    Lewis Holtby

    Had a fantastic first 45 minutes where he pulled the strings as Fulham were on the attack. In the second half he hardly saw the ball and his play was reduced to chasing and tacking in his own half.

  • Kieran Richardson
    0
    0
    3.50

    Kieran Richardson

    Made a flying start to the game on the left flank, continually getting to the byline and creating havoc in the Liverpool defence. Showed good anticipation for his goal which was deserved for his display before he was subbed.

  • Ryan Tunnicliffe
    0
    0
    2.50

    Ryan Tunnicliffe

    Had fulham's best first-half chance but was kept out well by Mignolet. Did a superb job doubling up with Riise who had tucked inside near his centre-backs. A very good home debut.

  • Darren Bent
    0
    0
    2.50

    Darren Bent

    Started the game like a player reborn following his goal against Manchester United. Showed lots of energy and a good touch when in possession, bringing his team-mates into play. Faded badly after the break because he was so isolated.

Substitutions

  • David Stockdale
    0
    0

    David Stockdale

    Came on for the injured Stekelenburg and made some important saves to keep the hosts level, before succumbing to Gerrard's penalty.

  • Alexander Kacaniklic
    0
    0
    1.50

    Alexander Kacaniklic

    Came on for Richardson with 20 minutes to play but didn't have any influence on proceedings.

  • Simon Mignolet
    0
    0
    2.00

    Simon Mignolet

    Not much he could do about either Fulham goal and didn't really have anything else to contend with in the Liverpool goal, save for a speculative effort from Sidwell.

  • Kolo Toure
    0
    0
    1.00

    Kolo Toure Flop of the Match

    Had an awful night. Gave Fulham the lead with a comical own goal and topped that with a collision with the referee later in the half. It got worse as he and Skrtel failed to clear the ball between them for Fulham's second.

  • Aly Cissokho
    0
    0
    2.00

    Aly Cissokho

    Didn't have anything to defend on his side as Tunnicliffe rarely got forward on his side. Didn't offer anything considerable going forward either.

  • Martin Skrtel
    0
    0
    2.00

    Martin Skrtel

    Had to steady the Liverpool defence while his parter, Toure, was having an off day. He did well to quell the danger of Bent in the second half.

  • Jon Flanagan
    0
    0
    1.50

    Jon Flanagan

    Struggled as Fulham launched most of their attacks down his side. Was continually beaten by Richardson's pace and needed more help from his midfield.

  • Steven Gerrard
    0
    0
    4.00

    Steven Gerrard Top of the Match

    The first half hour of the game seemed to pass him by but just before the break he picked Sturridge out with a stunning pass which led to the equaliser. Held his nerve, as always, to dispatch the last minute penalty with aplomb.

  • Coutinho
    0
    0
    3.00

    Coutinho

    Had an anonymous first period but influenced the game much more after the break. Brought the visitors back level for the second time with a precisely placed finish and almost won it with another long-range effort.

  • Jordan Henderson
    0
    1
    3.00

    Jordan Henderson

    Another excellent performance from the young Englishman. Recycled the ball efficiently and covered as much ground as anyone on the pitch. His composure on the ball in the final third was especially eye-catching.

  • Raheem Sterling
    0
    0
    2.00

    Raheem Sterling

    Sprung to life in the second half after a quiet first period but suffered a bit of a let down after his scintillating performance against Arsenal.

  • Luis Suárez
    0
    0
    2.50

    Luis Suárez

    The Uruguayan came close to scoring on plenty of occasions and was perhaps unlucky not to find the net. Not his best night but only because he is judged on such ridiculous standards.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    0
    1
    3.50

    Daniel Sturridge

    Was on the periphery of the action for most of the first half but produced a clinical finish to pull Liverpool level when called upon. Also won the penalty with a superb run. In the form of his life.

Substitutions

  • Joao Carlos
    1
    2

    Joao Carlos

    Came on as a late sub and showed glimpses of talent but didn't effect the game much.

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
Man City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man United
15 2