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December 5, 2011 8:00 PM GMT
Craven Cottage — London
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 25688‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Fulham 1-0 Liverpool

Kenny Dalglish's 10-man team lose ground in the race for the Champions League places after Clint Dempsey takes advantage of Reina's late error

By Wayne Veysey at Craven Cottage

  • Mark Schwarzer
    65
    12
    3.50

    Mark Schwarzer

    Made a series of fine saves topped off by a brilliant late one to deny Downing.

  • Stephen Kelly
    29
    16
    3.00

    Stephen Kelly

    Rarely ventured forward but defended stoutly and Liverpool got little joy down his flank.

  • John Arne Riise
    38
    15
    3.00

    John Arne Riise

    Drive, commitment and some great resilience from the former Liverpool left-back. Would have enjoyed this victory against his former employers.

  • Brede Hangeland
    65
    13
    3.50

    Brede Hangeland

    Comfortably won the battle of the giants with Carroll in a commanding performance.

  • Philippe Senderos
    46
    19
    3.50

    Philippe Senderos

    Threw body, heart and soul in the line of fire to keep Liverpool at bay, including one outstanding interception to prevent a goal-bound shot from Carroll. Fortunate not to concede a penalty when he brought Adam down just inside the box.

  • Danny Murphy
    26
    23
    3.00

    Danny Murphy

    Crafty on the ball although struggled to keep his head above water off it against Liverpool's aggressive midfield trio.

  • Dickson Etuhu
    35
    18
    3.00

    Dickson Etuhu

    Harried and harassed Liverpool's technically gifted attackers in an energetic display

  • Bryan Ruiz
    25
    44
    2.50

    Bryan Ruiz

    The odd nice touch but did not look like a player who wanted to be there as the first winter chill began to bite.

  • Mousa Dembele
    117
    25
    4.00

    Mousa Dembele Top of the Match

    Outstanding display by the Belgian, who seems to be improving by the game. His touch, pace and ball carrying ability was Fulham's principal attacking threat.

  • Clint Dempsey
    63
    24
    3.00

    Clint Dempsey

    Was in the right place to turn in the rebound after Reina spilled Ruiz's shot. Came close to giving Fulham the lead with a second-half chip-cum-curler that rebounded off the crossbar. Drifted in and out of the game but a threat with his long-range shooting.

  • B. Zamora
    22
    35
    2.50

    B. Zamora

    Isolated from his team-mates, particularly in the second half, and struggled to make an impression. Withdrawn after 70 minutes.

Substitutions

  • Andy Johnson
    24
    21
    3.00

    Andy Johnson

    His pace and energy caused Liverpool a few anxious moments.

  • Pepe Reina
    47
    63
    2.50

    Pepe Reina

    Spilled Murphy's fairly tepid shot to hand Fulham all three points. Had earlier looked in command, saving twice excellently from Dembele early on.

  • Glen Johnson
    77
    43
    3.50

    Glen Johnson

    Strong in defence, apart from allowing Murphy to bypass him too easily for Fulham's goal, and threatening in attack, where his decision-making and distribution were consistently reliable.

  • José Enrique
    101
    18
    3.50

    José Enrique

    Kept Ruiz at bay and attacked with intelligence and accurate distribution.

  • Daniel Agger
    168
    16
    3.50

    Daniel Agger

    Excellent in the air and on the deck. Did not deserve to finish on the losing side. Made one outstanding second-half block.

  • Martin Skrtel
    78
    26
    3.00

    Martin Skrtel

    Looked comfortable and only lost command when Dembele ran at him with pace.

  • Jordan Henderson
    84
    34
    3.00

    Jordan Henderson

    Inches from giving Liverpool the lead when his beautifully worked first-half shot cannoned off the inside post. At times looked the part in his team's midfield three, but also looked lost too.

  • Jay Spearing
    93
    49
    3.00

    Jay Spearing

    Worked like a Trojan to close down the space between Fulham's midfield and Zamora. Mainly succeeded and was extremely unfortunate to be sent off after winning the ball in a challenge with Dembele, even if replays showed he followed through on the Belgian.

  • Charlie Adam
    75
    182
    2.50

    Charlie Adam Flop of the Match

    A cocktail of misplaced long passes, misplaced short passes and generally poor decision-making. His 100 per cent appearance record in the league is looking more questionable by the game.

  • Luis Suárez
    103
    47
    3.00

    Luis Suárez

    Frustrating night for the Uruguayan wizard. Had a 'goal' struck off for off-side and struggled to win any decision from the officials. His reputation appears to be preceding him.

  • Andy Carroll
    58
    93
    2.50

    Andy Carroll

    Struggled to escape the attention of fellow giant Hangeland. Needed to show more craft to justify his inclusion ahead of Kuyt and Maxi. Subbed after Spearing dismissal.

  • Craig Bellamy
    105
    22
    3.00

    Craig Bellamy

    Some clever touches but not everything he did came off and would have fancied his chances of getting more joy against his old golfing partner Riise. Subbed late on.

Substitutions

  • Stewart Downing
    112
    15
    3.50

    Stewart Downing

    Nearly conjured the opener with a fine run and shot, only to be athletically denied by Schwarzer.

  • Dirk Kuyt
    55
    26
    0.00

    Dirk Kuyt

    Made little impact in the centre forward role after replacing Carroll.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0