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1 vs 3
Played
May 12, 2013 3:00 PM BST
Craven Cottage — London
Referee:‬ M. Halsey‎
Attendance:‬ 25640‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Fulham 1-3 Liverpool

A Daniel Sturridge hat-trick was enough to for Brendan Rodgers' side who went a goal down early on, in a game which could have become embarrassing for Martin Jol's team

By Husmukh Kerai at Craven Cottage

  • Mark Schwarzer
    18
    10
    3.00

    Mark Schwarzer

    Made string of very good saves but it was only a matter of damage limitation as Liverpool went on to win. One of a few Fulham players who put in a fine display despite the loss.

  • Brede Hangeland
    7
    13
    2.00

    Brede Hangeland

    Fine display from the Norway international. He marshalled the Cottagers' back-four impressively, making a number of well-timed challenges to half Liverpool counterattacks too. Got surprisingly sloppy late on.

  • Aaron Hughes
    3
    14
    2.50

    Aaron Hughes

    Was denied what would have been an equaliser by a sublime save from Reina. Defensively, it would be unfair to point the finger at Hughes for Liverpool's goals; he was left exposed by his team-mates.

  • Sascha Riether
    20
    5
    3.50

    Sascha Riether

    The German outlined his desire to earn a permanent move to Fuham from Koln and did his chances no harm with an outstanding display. Defensively he was solid and his delivery going forward was out of the top drawer. Unlucky to be on the losing side.

  • Giorgos Karagounis
    7
    15
    2.00

    Giorgos Karagounis

    Was in and amongst the action in the first half, getting stuck in to the midfield battle. But his influence waned after the break, allowing lots of niggly fouls to creep into his game.

  • Kieran Richardson
    1
    18
    1.50

    Kieran Richardson

    The left-back's injury woes just go on and on. His afternoon lasted all of 15 minutes before a muscle problem meant he had to be replaced by Emmanuelson.

  • Damien Duff
    5
    19
    1.50

    Damien Duff Flop of the Match

    While the Irishman lacked the explosiveness of Kacaniklic, he used all his experience and guile to work crossing opportunities on the right flank. Enrique's introduction coincided with a tail-off in his performance.

  • Alexander Kacaniklic
    19
    9
    3.00

    Alexander Kacaniklic

    The winger has probably been Fulham's find of the season and his performance today merely underlined that. His willingness to run at defenders and his reliable delivery into the box will make him a Fulham favourite. Came off with 20 minutes to go.

  • Eyong Enoh
    2
    16
    2.50

    Eyong Enoh

    Looks like he has all the skills needed to succeed as a Premier League midfielder, his decision making in the final third is probably his weakness. Never quite recovered after a crunching tackle from Johnson.

  • Dimitar Berbatov
    8
    23
    2.00

    Dimitar Berbatov

    Wasn't really involved in the first half but still managed to score with a simple header, could possibly have had another too before the break. Seemed a bit disinterested after half-time.

  • Bryan Ruiz
    15
    12
    3.00

    Bryan Ruiz

    Drifted all over the field throughout the match and was flawless in possession. His link-up play with Dimitar Berbatov wasn't as slick and incisive as we've come to expect. Faded as the game went on.

Substitutions

  • Urby Emanuelson
    8
    11
    1.50

    Urby Emanuelson

    Came on to replace Richardson after a quarter of an hour and had tough time in the Fulham defence. He isn't a natural defender, his positional play at times made that obvious.

  • Mladen Petric
    7
    11
    2.00

    Mladen Petric

    Came on for the final 20 minutes of the match but rarely looked like finding his first Fulham goals in 11 games.

  • Pepe Reina
    90
    3
    3.00

    Pepe Reina

    Had quite a quiet afternoon but kept Liverpool ahead late on with a fantastic save from Hughes' header. Apart from that he Spaniard didn't have a lot to deal with.

  • Glen Johnson
    76
    10
    3.00

    Glen Johnson

    The England defender looked comfortable as a wing-back with more license to push forward without having to worry about what's behind him. Oddly enough, he became more of a threat in an attacking sense when moved to right-back.

  • Sebastián Coates
    85
    22
    1.50

    Sebastián Coates

    Made his first start in the Premier League since August and it showed with a couple of nervy touches early on. He was on edge in the second half too, and was lucky not to be punished for a foul when he was last-man in defence.

  • Jamie Carragher
    75
    7
    2.50

    Jamie Carragher

    Organised the Liverpool defence well during the game but his lack of mobility was exposed, most often by Bryan Ruiz who turned him inside out on a few occasions.

  • Andre Wisdom
    66
    20
    2.00

    Andre Wisdom

    His long ball out of the back, intentional or not, found Sturridge for Liverpool's equaliser. Didn't make it out for the second half, though.

  • Coutinho
    213
    4
    3.50

    Coutinho

    Has really come to the fore for the Reds in the absence of Luis Suarez. He loitered in between Fulham's defence and midfield playing some exquisite little passes throughout.

  • Jordan Henderson
    64
    20
    2.00

    Jordan Henderson

    Had a busy yet unspectacular afternoon in the Liverpool midfield. Daniel Sturridge suffered from a lack of service from midfield, partly due to his wayward passing in the final third.

  • Stewart Downing
    72
    14
    3.00

    Stewart Downing

    Great outlet for Brendan Rodgers' side on the left flank, he delivery into the box at times was exceptional. His performance faded as the match went on but he did come close to scoring, hitting the post late on.

  • Lucas Leiva
    72
    18
    1.50

    Lucas Leiva

    Not one of his more effective games in a Liverpool shirt. The game often bypassed the Brazilian who failed to break down as many Fulham moves as he would have expected. Extremely lucky to get off with a handball in the box.

  • Jonjo Shelvey
    52
    51
    1.50

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Brought back into the Liverpool side for the game; he made a bright start with an early shot which tested Schwarzer. He often got into some great attacking positions but failed to find the end product.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    194
    5
    4.00

    Daniel Sturridge Top of the Match

    Took all three of his goals brilliantly. His touch, skill and finish showed for each one showed exceptional quality. His talent is undeniable but his lack of awareness at times is massively frustrating. Could have scored and assisted plenty more, but a sublime hat-trick nevertheless.

Substitutions

  • José Enrique
    78
    7
    2.50

    José Enrique

    Came on at half-time as Brendan Rodgers reverted back to a back-four. Put in a no frills shift keeping Damien Duff quiet down his flank.

  • Conor Coady
    71
    3

    Conor Coady

    Came on as a late sub with only a matter of moments to play.

  • Fabio Borini
    106
    6
    3.00

    Fabio Borini

    Made a late cameo appearance replacing Shelvey in the final 15 minutes. Made an instant impact, going on a fine run before smashing the post with a right-footed effort, minutes later he was denied by a fine save from Schwarzer.

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 Utd.
15 2