• Date: Sun 11 April 2010
  • Venue: Anfield
  • Ref: Marriner, A
  • Attendance: 42,331

Liverpool vs Fulham

Team Lineups


Jose Manuel Reina
Glen Johnson
Daniel Agger
Sotirios Kyrgiakos
Jamie Carragher
Alberto Aquilani (Dirk Kuyt, 65)
Steven Gerrard
Maximiliano Maxi Rodriguez
Ryan Babel (Yossi Benayoun, 72)
Javier Mascherano
David N'Gog (Daniel Pacheco, 79)


Mark Schwarzer
Paul Konchesky
Brede Hangeland
Chris Baird
Aaron Hughes
Danny Murphy (Kagisho Dikgacoi, 76)
Damien Duff
Dickson Etuhu
Jonathan Greening (Bjorn Helge Riise, 82)
Erik Nevland
Bobby Zamora (Stefano Chuka Okaka, 68)

Match Report
Liverpool were indebted to goalkeeper Jose Reina after an afternoon of domination from the home side very nearly ended in a unlikely winner for Damien Duff in a goalless draw with Fulham. The Spain keeper saved magnificently to deny Fulham their first away win in 16 games and earn a dominant Liverpool a deserved point. With both teams celebrating midweek Europa League wins, Premier League hangover seemed likely, but the home side started at a furious pace and David N'Gog was unlucky to see his audacious chip fly wide on six minutes. And the lively N'Gog continued to cause the visitors problems and should have punished the Fulham backline when he was given too much space on the edge of the area but again he shot just wide. With Liverpool continuing to completely dominate proceedings, Alberto Aquilani was the next to have the Kop on their feet, but his first time shot on 22 minutes was well saved by Mark Schwarzer, who also kept out Maxi Rodriguez's follow-up. So dominant were the home side that it took Fulham 41 minutes to register their first shot, a rasping effort from Chris Baird that was comfortable for Reina. Liverpool continued to dominate after the break but could not break down their hard-working visitors. Aquilani was denied by Schwarzer twice in as many minutes early in the half before Baird and Aaron Hughes both made important blocks to deny Steven Gerrard. With Liverpool frustrations beginning to boil over, manager Rafael Benitez brought on Yossi Benayoun for the ineffective Ryan Babel and Spanish wonderkid Daniel Pacheco for only his second Premier League outing in place of N'Gog. Fulham, sensing a point may be on the cards, also made changes, bringing on Bjorn Helge Riise to shore up the defence in place of Jonathan Greening. Despite spending most of the match on the back foot, Fulham so nearly stole it in injury time when Duff's 18-yarder was brilliantly kept out by the flying Reina.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

The full-time whistle goes and Liverpool slip up again in the race for fourth place.


Damien Duff has a shot which is saved by Jose Reina in Fulham's only attack of the second half.


A Liverpool corner is cleared by Chris Baird who has been very impressive today.

Yellow Card

Damien Duff is booked for a foul on Glen Johnson.


Javier Mascherano is sure he's earned Liverpool a corner but the linesman signals for a goal-kick and Fulham are able to use up a few more seconds.


Daniel Pacheco has a shot which is blocked in the area by Kagisho Dikgacoi.


Erik Nevland concedes a free-kick for a foul on Sotirios Kyrgiakos.


Bjorn Helge Riise is on for Jonathan Greening as Roy Hodgson makes his final change.


Into the final 10 minutes and Fulham are still holding firm against almost incessant pressure.


Daniel Pacheco replaces David Ngog in Liverpool's final change.


Another Liverpool corner, this time taken by Yossi Benayoun and headed over by Sotirios Kyrgiakos.


Kagisho Dikgacoi is on for Danny Murphy.


Steven Gerrard's cross finds David Ngog but he heads just over the bar.


Daniel Agger's free-kick finds Dirk Kuyt and he passes to David Ngog who isn't able to get a shot in.


Ryan Babel is replaced by Yossi Benayoun.

Yellow Card

Danny Murphy is booked for a foul on Steven Gerrard.


A rare mistake from Mark Schwarzer as he spills Maxi Rodriguez's cross but manages to get hold of the ball ahead of Dirk Kuyt.


Not good news for Fulham fans as Bobby Zamora has limped off the pitch.


Stefano Okaka is on for Bobby Zamora.


Ryan Babel crosses into the area but the ball is cleared by Brede Hangeland.


Dirk Kuyt replaces Alberto Aquilani.


Ryan Babel forces a fine save from Mark Schwarzer at his near post and Sotirios Kyrgiakos heads wide from the resultant corner.


Steven Gerrard finds Daniel Agger who produces a left-foot volley which flies wide.


Bobby Zamora is getting no joy on his own up front for Fulham.


How much longer can Fulham withstand this Liverpool pressure, it seems only a matter of time before the home side scores.


Steven Gerrard has an effort from 20 yards which is blocked by Aaron Hughes.


David Ngog has a 20-yard run witrh the ball but can't find Steven Gerrard who looked in a good position to have a shot.


Maxi Rodriguez is flagged offside.


Steven Gerrard finds David Ngog in the box but the striker is given no space by the Fulham defence.


David Ngog was down with a head injury but seems to be okay to continue.


Alberto Aquilani blasts another shot wide - he's looked lively today.


Alberto Aquilani has a right-foot shot from 18 yards out but Mark Schwarzer is equal to it.


Liverpool are immediately on the attack and Steven Gerrard has a shot which rebounds off David Ngog.

Second half

Fulham kick off the second half.

Half time

The whistle goes for half-time.


Daniel Agger has a shot from long range which flies into the Kop.


Fulham have a rare foray goalwards and Daniel Agger concedes a throw-in which comes to nothing.


Chris Baird takes the free-kick but it's straight into the wall.


Sotirios Kyrgiakos fouls Bobby Zamora and Fulham have a free-kick 35 yards out.


Alberto Aquilani sends over a cross which is cleared by Chris Baird.


Erik Nevland tries to find some room on the edge of the Liverpool box but his shot is blocked.


Jonathan Greening concedes another free-kick for a foul on Glen Johnson and needs to be careful as he's already been booked.


Another long-range volley from Javier Mascherano flies wide of the post.


Javier Mascherano has an effort from 20 yards that forces a diving save from Mark Schwarzer.


Brede Hangeland concedes a free-kick for a foul on Maxi Rodriguez, Steven Gerrard swings the ball goalwards but Fulham deal with the danger.


Fulham haven't managed a shot on or off target yet but they're managing to frustrate Liverpool.

Yellow Card

Jamie Carragher goes into the book for a deliberate handball.


Bobby Zamora tries to get Fulham moving forward but gives the ball away and concedes a free-kick.


Fulham escape as Alberto Aquilani heads over the bar.


Maxi Rodriguez has an effort from 12 yards out which forces a good save from Mark Schwarzer.


Alberto Aquilani tries an overhead kick after some good build-up play by Liverpool but Mark Schwarzer makes the save.


Liverpool are well on top but they're yet to really test Mark Schwarzer.


Liverpool have a couple of corners in quick succession but they're dealt with by the Fulham defence.

Yellow Card

Jonathan Greening is booked for a foul on Glen Johnson.


Fulham have a free-kick after a handball by Ryan Babel, Damien Duff swings in the ball but it's cleared by Steven Gerrard.


The Kop aren't happy when nothing is given despite Brede Hangeland having a good hold of David Ngog's shirt.


Dickson Etuhu concedes a free-kick on the edge of the area but it's blasted straight into the wall by Alberto Aquilani.


Javier Mascherano sets up David Ngog 20 yards out but his shot is well wide.


Fulham win a corner which is swung in by Paul Konchesky but Pepe Reina make a comfortable save.


Liverpool are dominating so far and Fulham are finding this hard work.


Steven Gerrard's corner is met by David Ngog but again the effort goes wide.


David Ngog has a shot from inside the area but it flies wide of the post.


Paul Konchesky moves forward for Fulham down the left but can't keep the ball in play.


Another Steven Gerrard corner isn't dealt with by the Fulham defence and there's a goalmouth scramble with the ball eventually cleared by Bobby Zamora.


Ryan Babel wins Liverpool a corner which is taken by Steven Gerrard and cleared by Jonathan Greening.


Dickson Etuhu concedes a free-kick for handball as Fulham look to overcome their Anfield hoodoo, having not won here in 28 attempts.


The game gets underway.

Awaiting Kickoff

The players are making their way onto the pitch, there will be a minute's silence ahead of kick-off as Thursday marks 21 years since the Hillsborough tragedy.