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  • Date:2010-04-11
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Anfield
  • Attendance:42331
  • Referee:Marriner, A

Live Commentary

90mins

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

90mins

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

89mins

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

88mins

Damien Duff is booked for a foul on Glen Johnson.

88mins

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.

86mins

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

84mins

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

82mins

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

81mins

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

79mins

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

77mins

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

76mins

Kagisho Dikgacoi is on for Danny Murphy.

75mins

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

73mins

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

72mins

Ryan Babel is replaced by Yossi Benayoun.

71mins

Danny Murphy is booked for a foul on Steven Gerrard.

70mins

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.

69mins

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

68mins

Stefano Okaka is on for Bobby Zamora.

67mins

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

65mins

Dirk Kuyt replaces Alberto Aquilani.

63mins

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

63mins

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

62mins

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

60mins

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

58mins

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

56mins

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.

54mins

Maxi Rodriguez is flagged offside.

53mins

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

51mins

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

49mins

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

48mins

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

46mins

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

46mins

Fulham kick off the second half.

45mins

The whistle goes for half-time.

45mins

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

43mins

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

41mins

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

40mins

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

38mins

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

36mins

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

35mins

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

34mins

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

32mins

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

31mins

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

29mins

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

27mins

Jamie Carragher goes into the book for a deliberate handball.

26mins

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

24mins

Fulham escape as Alberto Aquilani heads over the bar.

23mins

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

23mins

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

21mins

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

19mins

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

18mins

Jonathan Greening is booked for a foul on Glen Johnson.

16mins

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

15mins

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

13mins

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

12mins

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

11mins

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

9mins

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

8mins

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

7mins

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

5mins

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

4mins

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.

3mins

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

2mins

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

1mins

The game gets underway.

0mins

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.

Match Preview

The two teams who have recently been defending the Premier League's reputation in the Europa League come together on Sunday, in a match that looks far more important to Liverpool than it does to Fulham.

Rafa Benitez's team could only draw against bogey side Birmingham last weekend and if they are to overhaul Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in the race for fourth, then five wins from their last five games looks like being a likely requirement.

The good news is that Fulham's recent record at Anfield is poor, with the Whites failing to score in six of their eight Premier League trips there, including the last three.

Furthermore, the west London side have never won away at Liverpool in 28 attempts so any sort of result for Roy Hodgson's men would be a massive upset, especially given that Liverpool have won their last eight league games on their home turf, a run they have bettered only once before in Premier League history.

And as good as Liverpool are at home, Fulham are as poor on the road, with only nine wins from their last 92 trips.

Their last three-point away haul came on the opening day of the season at Portsmouth, and the last six away games have all seen the London side fail to score.

Both teams should have fairly healthy squads to choose from, with Liverpool expecting to have left-back Fabio Aurelio back in contention after a thigh injury, while Fulham hope to have John Paintsil back available after recovering from a knee problem.

Liverpool have been quick out of the traps in recent league matches at Anfield, scoring at least two goals in their last three games before half-time, but if Fulham can hold the Reds early on then the pressure may become too much for Rafa Benitez's fragile side.

Captain Steven Gerrard has attempted to rouse his troops, saying: "We will keep fighting all the way to the end.


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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.

Liverpool

Fulham

Corners

101

Fouls

819

Goal attempts

Shots off target

100

Offsides

20

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