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November 9, 2013
• Anfield, Liverpool
Referee: M. Jones
• Attendance: 44768
F. Amorebieta 23' (own goal)
M. Škrtel 26'
L. Suárez 36', 54'
So Liverpool close the gap on Arsenal at the top of the table to just two points, while the pressure on Martin Jol ratchets up another notch. That's it for our coverage but check back into this very website for live coverage of Norwich City v West Ham United in around 30 minutes' time. Cheers.
90' + 3'
Lucas trips Karagounis to concede a foul and that's the last action of the game.
A bit of tussle between Johnson and Kasami in the Liverpool half and the Reds have a free kick in their own half. We're into stoppage time now.
Enrique flagged offside after Moses finds him on the run as Martin Jol watches on glumly from the dugout.
Henderson is brought down in the box by Parker but the referee adjudges that to be a clean challenge. No penalty.
Allen wins the ball back deep inside the Fulham half before having his shot blocked by Senderos.
Ex- Manchester United man Berbatov goes off to boos from the crowd and is replaced by Giorgos Karagounis.
Liverpool just playing keep-ball now with the Kop "Ole"-ing every successful pass. Fulham look completely shot and are playing for the final whistle.
Suarez goes down right in front of the Kop under pressure from Senderos. Cue cries for a penalty but nothing given.
Liverpool make their final change as Sturridge leaves the field of play to a standing ovation to be replaced by Victor Moses.
A Suarez corner finds its way to Skrtel but the defender cannot get any power behind his shot and Stekelenburg gathers easily.
Ruiz looks to find Kasami with a searching ball to the left but Johnson is able to intercept.
The zip has gone out of this game after all those substitutions. Suarez finds Sturridge on the run but the England striker is offside.
Henderson finds Suarez on the edge of the 18-yard-box but his shot is well off target.
Rodgers opts to take off Gerrard with a quarter of the game remaining and brings on Joe Allen.
Coutinho with another driving run from midfield but he over hits his pass to Gerrard and Fulham clear.
Liverpool have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last seven matches but they look good for one here. Fulham are offering no threat whatsover to Mignolet's goal.
Cissokho departs the scene to be replaced by Jose Enrique for Liverpool while Fulham bring on Aaron Hughes for Zverotic.
Bryan Ruiz looks to make an impact up front as he tries to slip in Dejagah but Suarez drops back to win the ball back for Liverpool.
Liverpool are not resting on their laurels here. Johnson plays a delicious cross into the Fulham area but it just fails to reach Sturridge.
Cries for a penalty from Fulham as Ashkan Dejagah goes down in the box near Skrtlel but referee Mike Jones waves away the appeals.
GOAL! Gerrard finds Suarez on the run and the Uruguayan fires into the net at the near post past the diving Stekelenburg.
Coutinho has a pop from distance but his effort is well wide of goal.
Lucas wins the ball back from Steve Sidwell and Liverpool counter. Suarez dwells on the ball for too long, however, and Fulham are able to recover.
Stekelenburg called straight into action straight away as he produces back-to-back saves from Suarez and Sturridge.
No changes made by Brendan Rodgers but Fulham bring on Bryan Ruiz for Kaciniklic.
Liverpool get us underway in the second half.
So Liverpool produce the perfect reponse to the Arsenal defeat with Johnson, Henderson and Coutinho all highly impressive, while it has been yet another miserable half for Fulham. Stay with us for the second period.
45' + 1'
Zverotic plays a searching cross from the right to Berbatov but Skrtel clears. And that's the last notable action of the half.
Liverpool playing some lovely football as Coutinho, Henderson and Sturridge all exchange passes before Philippe Senderos nips in at the nick of time to win the ball back.
Suarez plays a nifty back heel through Zverotic's legs for Aly Cissokho but the Fulham defenders recover well to clear the ball.
Henderson looking to get in on the act but his shot lacks power and direction and sails into the stands.
Fulham look to muster a response after the battering they've taken in the last few minutes but Parker's pass finds Kasami well offside.
GOAL! Henderson's sumptuous through pass finds Suarez, who finishes coolly past Stekelenburg from a tight angle.
Liverpool come again through Johnson on the right but his cross his blazed well over goal by Sturridge.
Fulham camped deep in their own half with only Berbatov venturing out to pressure the Liverpool defenders.
Liverpool really turning on the heat now. Coutinho fires a ferocious shot from distance, prompting a fine save from Stekelenburg.
GOAL! Liverpool win another corner and yet another fantastic Gerrard cross sees Skrtel power past Amorebieta and head into the back of the net. 2-0 to the Reds
Yellow CardScott Parker
Scott Parker catches Steven Gerrard on the run and earns the first booking of the game.
GOAL! Liverpool win a free kick on the right and Steven Gerrard's excellent delivery is headed into his own net by Amorebieta.
Dimitar Berbatov tries an audacious lob from outside the box but Simon Mignolet is alert to the danger and is able to gather.
Another Henderson cross from the right but Coutinho cannot control his first-time shot. Much of Liverpool's threat is coming from Johnson and Henderson on the right flank.
Liverpool build patiently from the back as they look to find a way through the Fulham defence. Henderson's cross from the right just fails to reach Sturridge.
Elsad Zverotic throws a cross to Kasami on the far post, whose volley is blocked by Martin Skrtel. The resulting corner comes to nothing, though.
Coutinho plays a beautiful pass out wide to Johnson but Kieran Richardson does well to make the challenge and recover possession
Kasami and Alexander Kacaniklic combine well to win a corner for Fulham but the Swede's delivery from the corner kick is poor and Liverpool clear comfortably.
Johnson with another fine run through the right flank before finding Jordan Henderson, but the midfielder's first-time shot is blocked by a wall of white shirts.
Fulham finally have some possession in the Liverpool half but they cannot do much with it as the ball rolls out for a goalkick off Pajtim Kasami.
Some lovely interplay from Liverpool there, but Suarez cannot get any power on his shot from an angle and Maarten Stekelenburg saves comfortably.
Fulham cannot get out of their own half at the moment. Johnson's cross from the right for Sturridge is cut out by Amorebieta.
Liverpool dominating possession in these early stages, as expected. Luis Suarez looks to play in Daniel Sturridge but Fernando Amorebieta clears.
Liverpool win an early corner through Glen Johnson but Agger blasts Henderson's cross well over goal. Ominous start from the home side.
Mike Jones is our referee for today and he gets us underway at Carrow Road.
Fulham: Stekelenburg; Zverotic, Senderos, Amorebieta, Richardson; Parker, Sidwell; Dejagah, Kasami, Kacaniklic; Berbatov. Subs: Stockdale, Ruiz, Hughes, Karagounis, Boateng, Taarabt, Bent
Liverpool: Mignolet; Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Cissokho; Henderson, Gerrard, Lucas, Coutinho; Sturridge, Suarez. Subs: Jones, Enrique, Alberto, Allen, Sterling, Moses, Sakho
TEAM NEWS: Liverpool opt for a 4-4-2 formation with Glen Johnson, Daniel Agger and Philippe Coutinho all making returns to the starting line-up, while Elsad Zverotic replaces the suspended Sascha Riether for Fulham. Full line-ups on the way.
The Cottagers, on the other hand, come into this clash on the back of three successive defeats across all competitions – a run that has seen them slip to 16th in the league table. Manager Martin Jol is under quite a bit of pressure to turn around the club’s dreary form of late and a trip to Anfield comes at the most inopportune time for the Dutchman.
A return to winning ways will be the priority for Liverpool, whose bright early-season momentum was checked somewhat by their 2-0 defeat to league leaders Arsenal last weekend. Brendan Rodgers’ side have an immediate opportunity to reclaim lost ground in the league standings, with the Gunners facing a difficult trip to Manchester United on Sunday.
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