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Fulham v Liverpool

Craven Cottage
12 Feb 2014, KO: 20:00

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Post We'll be back on Sunday for the FA Cup clash with Arsenal. YNWA.
Post And that's all from our coverage this evening - we hope you enjoyed another dramatic win.
Post Check the homepage now for a full report from the manager's post-match press conference.
Post Brendan Rodgers: "It was a very important win for us tonight. After the game at the weekend, in which we were outstanding, we had to show different qualities tonight – one of which was character."
Post 87.3 per cent of those passes found their intended target
Post They played a total of 655 passes, compared to Fulham's 274
Post The Reds had an incredible 69 per cent of the possession tonight
Post Fulham had 10 efforts at Simon Mignolet's goal, with three hitting the target
Post Liverpool had 21 shots at goal at Craven Cottage, seven of which were on target
Post Four points is all that separates the Reds from first-place occupants, Chelsea
Post Another incredible game for Liverpool, who remain in fourth place, but are now just one point behind third-place Manchester City, who have played a game less
95 FULL-TIME
92 Liverpool counter through Suarez, who crosses for Teixeira. The midfielder shoots just over
91 Substitution: Daniel Agger for Philippe Coutinho:
91 First Booking: Steven Gerrard:
91 Get in there! Gerrard blasts home the penalty after Sturridge was brought down by in the box by Riether!
90 GOAL! Steven Gerrard:
90 First Booking: Johnny Heitinga:
90 Penalty to Liverpool!
85 Teixeira curls over as Liverpool threaten again
84 Coutinho almost picks out Sturridge's run into the box, but Stockdale collects
83 Suarez brilliantly sets up Coutinho on the edge of the box, but his effort is agonisingly just wide
82 Substitution: Joao Carlos Teixeira for Raheem Sterling:
77 First Booking: Jordan Henderson:
76 The Fulham stopper can't continue and Stockdale is on in his place
75 Substitution: David Stockdale for Maarten Stekelenburg:
73 Sterling and Suarez attempt a clever one-two. Stekelenburg claims the ball, but he collides with Suarez and play is stopped
72 Coutinho draws Liverpool level as he picks the ball up 25 yards from goal, dances into space before curling a left-foot shot into the bottom corner. Brilliant
72 GOAL! Philippe Coutinho:
70 Substitution: Alex Kacaniklic for Kieran Richardson:
64 First Booking: Kieran Richardson:
63 Fulham re-take the lead as Skrtel inadvertently knocks a cross into the path of Richardson, who rifles home from point-blank range
63 GOAL! Kieran Richardson:
61 Suarez spins away from two...shoots...against the post. Unlucky!
60 Skrtel's flick from Coutinho's corner is cleared off the line by Riise
60 Sturridge bursts into the box and sees a shot deflected wide
59 Suarez fires one across the face of goal, but it's wide of the far post. Great persistence from the No.7
56 First Booking: Philippe Coutinho:
55 Suarez takes down Sturridge's cross on his chest before drilling a left-foot volley wide of the far post
53 Sidwell tries to lob Mignolet from inside his own half, but the 'keeper collects
50 Suarez sends the resulting free-kick into the box, but it's over everyone and wide of the far post
49 Absolutely ridiculous piece of skill from Suarez to get away from Riether down the left, who then brings down the No.7
49 First Booking: Sascha Riether:
46 SECOND HALF: Fulham re-start the game
45 HALF-TIME
45 The skipper's corner is just missed at the back post by the head of Suarez, who was unmarked
45 Gerrard whips in a free-kick, which is headed behind for a corner by Riise
45 Suarez lays the ball off for Gerrard on the edge of the box, who drills wide of the upright
44 Sturridge shoots from 20 yards...it's dipping but it's just over
41 And Liverpool are level. Fulham lose the ball inside the visitors' half and it's pounced upon by Gerrard, who plays a sublime first-time pass with the outside of his boot for Sturridge. The striker collects and moves in on goal before clipping beyond Stekelenburg with trademark aplomb. Get in!
41 GOAL! Daniel Sturridge:
40 Sterling's high, lofted cross is nodded wide at the back post by Sturridge
39 Coutinho plays Flanagan into space down the right, but his cross is too high and goes behind for a goal kick
37 Holtby and Riise play a one-two on the edge of the box, which results in the former scuffing wide of the near post
36 Holtby's corner is met by a header from Sidwell, which deflects off Skrtel and goes behind for another Fulham corner
35 Richardson does well to raid down the left and dig out a cross into the middle, which Bent thumps over with his head
32 Coutinho tries to slide in Sterling. He almost reaches it, but Stekelenburg is again quick off the line to claim
30 Coutinho motors into space and shoots...over
29 Riise's long throw into the box is headed away by Skrtel
27 Sturridge turns and shoots from 20 yards but he can't get enough power behind it and Stekelenburg claims
23 Sidwell's ambitious backpass from inside the LFC half is almost pounced upon by Suarez, but Stekelenburg is out to clear
21 Suarez's cross for Sturridge and Sterling is headed away by Burn
20 Coutinho tries to slide a trademark ball through for Sturridge but it's just a touch too heavy for the striker to reach
17 Suarez glides beyond Burn before trying a shot from a tight angle, but he's well off target
15 Suarez picks the ball up on the 18-yard line and shifts the ball onto his right before trying a lob that floats into the arms of Stekelenburg
13 Suarez collects the ball from Cissokho on the left edge of the box. Our No.7 conjures some space for a left-foot shot, that Stekelenburg needs to beat away at his near post
13 In it comes from Gerrard, but Burn gets there ahead of Skrtel to clear
12 Sterling wins Liverpool a corner...
10 Long ball forward is headed into the path of Holtby by Bent, and he proceeds to drive wide from the edge of the area
9 First Booking: William Kvist:
8 Fulham take the lead as Richardson finds space inside the Liverpool area and sends a low cross into the six-yard box, which Toure inadvertently hooks into his own net
8 Own Goal! Kolo Toure:
6 Despite the adverse weather currently affecting the rest of England, the conditions inside Craven Cottage aren't too bad
5 Deep corner from the right is met by Burns, but the Fulham man powers his header over the bar from six yards
4 Richardson lifts a cross into the Liverpool box, which Toure needs to hook away under pressure from Bent
2 Fulham have two corners, but don't cause any problems for the visitors. Liverpool launch a counter attack, but Henderson's low cross is hacked clear
1 Early chance for Fulham as Bent tees up Tunnicliffe, but Mignolet turns his drive behind
1 KICK OFF: Liverpool get the game underway at Craven Cottage
Pre Fulham substitutes: Stockdale, Hangeland, Kasami, Kacaniklic, Duff, Cole, Parker.
Pre Fulham team: Stekelenburg, Riether, Heitinga, Burn, Riise, Tunnicliffe, Sidwell, Kvist, Richardson, Holtby, Bent.
Pre Substitutes: Jones, Agger, Kelly, Allen, Moses, Teixeira, Aspas.
Pre The Reds’ XI in full is: Mignolet, Cissokho, Toure, Skrtel, Flanagan, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho, Suarez, Sturridge.
Pre TEAM NEWS: Brendan Rodgers has named an unchanged Liverpool line-up for the fourth consecutive match. Daniel Agger returns to the bench, where there is also a place for youngster Joao Carlos Teixeira.
Pre Remember, confirmed team news will arrive at 7pm GMT – the first place to discover Rodgers’ starting XI will be the official @LFC Twitter account and the official website.
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Pre Daniel Sturridge has found the net in 16 of his 20 appearances this season and in 14 different league games. He is only five off Robbie Fowler's Premier League club record of scoring in 19 league games in a campaign. Luis Suarez has scored in 12.
Pre Overall in the Barclays Premier League, Liverpool have won seven and lost five at Fulham, while home and away they have won 15, drawn four and lost six of the 25 meetings.
Pre The 29-year-old centre-back has netted in each of his last two matches against the Cottagers - both at Anfield in 4-0 victories, including earlier this season.
Pre Martin Skrtel notched twice in the win against the Gunners last weekend – the first time he has achieved such a feat for Liverpool – and the Slovakian is targeting a unique record this evening.
Pre If selected to face Fulham, the 32-year-old will rack up the 450th appearance in club football of his career.
Pre Toure continued: “We need to have the same effort [as against Arsenal], we need to work as a team and I think the manager will sort that out. He knows what we need to do and he knows what he needs to say as well. These games are hard and we know that. We will fight, it's going to be a really hard game but we like hard games and we will work really hard.”
Pre The Ivorian commented: “We just take it game by game. What we did against Arsenal is finished now - the next game is the most important for us and we will focus on that. As a team we are going to work hard and try to get the three points.”
Pre Defender Kolo Toure spoke to Liverpoolfc.com earlier this week ahead of the meeting with Fulham, explaining why the Reds have to instantly forget about the huge victory over the Gunners.
Pre Kick-off is at 8pm GMT, but build-up on the club’s official television channel, LFC TV, begins an hour earlier with pre-match interviews, analysis and confirmed team news directly from the away dressing room.
Pre To follow everything that happens before, during and after the encounter, stay on this page – which you do not have to refresh – for minute-by-minute text updates, audio commentary, in-play statistics, scores from elsewhere and much more.
Pre The Reds enter Wednesday’s contest full of confidence, following the thrilling 5-1 victory over rivals Arsenal on Saturday; Brendan Rodgers’ team have also yet to suffer defeat in all competitions in 2014.
Pre Welcome to the Liverpoolfc.com match centre for the latest fixture in Liverpool’s incredible 2013-14 Barclays Premier League campaign – a trip south to Craven Cottage for a clash with Fulham.