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April 11, 2010 4:00 PM BST
FULLTIME. The referee blows his whistle. Liverpool have dropped points yet again, failing to score at Anfield. They dominated most of the game but just could not convert their chances. For the Cottagers, it is a point they will be happy to accept. At fulltime, its Liverpool 0 Fulham 0
Johnson is penalised for fouling Duff inside the Liverpool half. This is not where they want the ball. Less than 2 minutes to go.
Into three minutes injury time now. Can Liverpool snatch a last gasp winner? Fulham meanwhile have their first chance this half (I guess) and it falls to Duff who shoots straight at Reina
Camera pans to Liverpool supporters streaming out of the stadium. They seem to have had enough of their team's lack of killing spirit. Liverpool have certainly missed Torres today and in the overall scheme of things, this might be the day that fourth spot slips away for good
Yellow Card Damien Duff
Commentator's curse I guess as Duff is booked for a foul on Johnson. The home team still dominating though
Into the last five minutes of normal time as Liverpool still can't find a way through
Substitution Jonathan Greening B. Riise
Its as if that flank is a separate pitch altogether. Duff and Johnson have been having their own little tussle there since the start of the second half but in a role reversal, the Irishman has been on the backfoot trying to stop the Englishman from getting past. So far, he has succeded
Fulham make their last change as well as Riise replaces Greening. Riise's older brother John Arne Riise was a favourite here of course
Benitez is prowling the touchline getting impatient. His team have totally dominated this half but still not found the breakthrough
Substitution David Ngog Dani Pacheco
Last throw of the dice as Ngog is replaced by Pacheco. Liverpool have to find a goal from somewhere
Yet another corner wasted as Kuyt's cross is headed wide by Kyriagous. It will be a nervy ten minutes for the away fans who will be happy with a point gained here
Substitution Danny Murphy Kagisho Dikgacoi
Liverpool win a corner as Gerrard's cross is helped on by Ngog and Konchesky clears. The corner is cleared easily. Fulham make their change as Murphy comes off for Dikgacoi. The former Red gets a standing ovation as he makes way
Play still being circled just outside Fulham's area. Surely Liverpool must break this deadlock somehow?
Substitution Ryan Babel Yossi Benayoun
Yellow Card Danny Murphy
Another change for the home side as Benayoun replaces Babel.
Momentary panic as Schwarzer fumbles with Maxi lurking before collecting on the 2nd attempt. Moments later, Murphy slides into Gerrard conceding a free kick and getting booked
Chance!!! Should have done better. Gerrard whips in a brilliant ball to find Ngog in space between 2 defenders but he gets his timing wrong and ends up clearing the ball!!
Chance!!! Should have done better. Gerrard whips in a brilliant ball to find Ngog in space between 2 defenders but he gets his timing wrong and ends up clearing the ball!!
Substitution B. Zamora Stefano Okaka
Fulham make their first change as Zamora goes out and Okaka comes in. Zamora has been suffering from an Achilles' heel injury and that seems to be the main concern on the visitors bench. For Liverpool, Benayoun seems to be ready to come in
Just over twenty minutes left in this massive game at Anfield. With Man City due to play later, the Reds know only a win will keep their hopes alive for that 4th position
Substitution Alberto Aquilani Dirk Kuyt
First change of the game sees Aquilani who had been having a good game so far being replaced by Kuyt
What a save!!! Babel turns and shoots at the near post and it takes a stunning save from Schwarzer to keep it out. Kuyt has been warming up on the touchline and seems to be ready to join the fray
Its a good battle down on that left flank where Johnson has been up against Duff. Fabio Capello will certainly be keeping an eye on that one
Liverpoo, are huffing and puffing but cannot seem to blow their opponents down. They have been camped right outside Fulham's area but the final ball has let them down. Stats suggest that they have had 77% ball possession but nothing to show for it
Second half seems to have started the same way as the first did. The Reds are pressing on and Fulham still content to defend. The Cottagers have not won in 28 attempts at Anfield
Aquilani has a shot at goal and it rebounds to Maxi whose flagged offside. Good pressure building up from the hosts
Duff is penalised for handball as Liverpool press on in search of their first goal
Save!!! Ngog pressurises the Fulham defence into giving the ball away and it falls for Aquilani whose curling effort is well parried by Schwarzer!! Corner to Liverpool but its cleared
Chance at the other end as Duff splits the defence wide open with a brilliant pass but Reina is quickly across before Zamora can latch onto it
Early chance for the hosts as Gerrard finds Maxi whose pull back finds Aquilani but his touch is straight at the keeper
Slow start to the half. This game has never really settled down into a rhythm with free kicks being given at regular intervals
Welcome back to the second half as Fulham kick us off
HALFTIME. The ref blows his whistle as the players walk off. Its been a quiet affair with most of the better chances going Liverpool's way but they have still not scored. Fulham will be happy with their defensive performance. At halftime, its Liverpool 0 Fulham 0
Danny Agger has a pop from just outside the area but its over the bar. That seems to be the last attack of the game as we are into the one added minute already
Two minutes to the break and Liverpool putting pressure on. Fulham clear an attack and counter but Zamora's cross from the left is cleared by Agger
Free kick for the visitors 30 yards out as Zamora is fouled. He stands over the ball with Murphy before smacking it straight into the wall.
Half hearted appeals for a penalty as Fulham swing in a cross from the right and Duff clatters into Carragher but the referee waves play on
Free kick is swung in but cleared eventually. Fulham have yet to create a decent enough opening. Zamora has been very quiet so far
Free kick for the Reds as Greening cynically blocks Johnson from marauding down the right. He needs to be careful, he has already been booked
Good Save!!!! Masch finds space and shoots but Schwarzer does well to save.
Yet another free kick to the Reds as Maxi is fouled by Baird. Gerrard chips it in but the offender (Baird) heads it out
Corner for the hosts as they keep piling on the pressure. Aquilani has had a very good game in the center of the park today so far
Yellow Card Jamie Carragher
Carragher goes into the book for a wild challenge on Konchesky. Free kick however comes to nothing
Save!!! Maxi hammers in a shot that Schwarzer does very well to keep out. Liverpool upping the tempo here. Mascherano feeds Babel whose cross is headed wide by Aquilani. It was a difficult chance and Aquilani tried very well
Chance!!! Babel feeds Johnson whose cross is overhit but is kept in at the far post by Gerrard. He pulls it back for Aquilani whose overhead kick is saved by Schwarzer!!!
Slow start to the game and its quite silent at Anfield. Fulham quite happy to sit back and defend
Couple of corners to Liverpool which are cleared eventually. Babel flicks on the last one before Schwarzer can punch clear and Fulham try and break before Duff is fouled by Aquilani
Yellow Card Jonathan Greening
First booking of the game as Greening gets booked for a foul on Mascherano. Seems a bit harsh but its a Liverpool free kick. Its swung in to the near post and cleared by Konchsesky
Chance!!! Aquilani is fouled and Gerrard swings in the free kick which is punched away by Schwarzer!!
Free kick to Liverpool just on the edge of the area. Aquilani takes it but smacks it straight into the wall
Quick succession of corners for Liverpool but none of them can be utilised. All three are cleared by Fulham before Konchesky denies another counter attack. Some sturdy defending from the visitors
Brilliant 60 yard pass from Gerrard on the left flank to find Ngog who tries to guide his volley from inside the area but its just wide!!
Liverpool look the more livelier of the two teams and seem to be pressurizing the midfield well.
Fulham have just one away win this season. And they have not scored since 9 hours on the road. Not very good statistics for the Cottagers coming to the fortress Liverpool call Anfield.
Early pressure from the reds win them a corner which causes chaos in the box before being eventually cleared.
Free kick to Liverpool for handball near the centre line which is played short. Anfield is basking in the sunlight
And we're off!!!! Liverool kick us off at Anfield after a minutes' silence was observed for the 21st anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.
Teams in the tunnel. Kick off is minutes away
Fulham on the other hand will be counting on their main man Bobby Zamora to provide them with goals and chances. The referee today is Andre Marriner.
So breaking news for the home fans is that there is no Fernando Torres - either on the bench or in the starting eleven. This is a must win game for the Reds if they have to claim that coveted fourth position. Stay with me as kick off approaches.
Fulham line up with: Schwarzer, Baird, Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky, Greening, Murphy, Etuhu, Duff, Nevland, Zamora. Their bench has : Zuberbuhler, Kelly, Shorey, Okaka, Riise, Smalling, Dikgacoi.
Liverpool team news: Reina, Johnson, Kyrgiakos, Carragher, Agger, Aquilani, Mascherano, Maxi, Gerrard, Babel, Ngog. The bench has: Cavalieri, Benayoun, Kuyt, Lucas, Degen, Ayala, Pacheco.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of Liverpool vs Fulham. I'm Budhaditya Banerjee and I will be telling you all about the action from Anfield. Team news to follow shortly
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