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  • Date:26 Jan 2011
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Anfield
  • Attendance:40,466
  • John Pantsil - og (51) John Pantsil - og (51)
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91:19 +1.19

Moussa Dembele produces a cross, clearance made by Daniel Agger.

89:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Moussa Dembele. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.

86:31

Raul Meireles gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Murphy. A cross is delivered by Danny Murphy, Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.

85:51

A cross is delivered by Andrew Johnson, clearance made by Steven Gerrard.

84:43

The ball is swung over by John Pantsil, Raul Meireles makes a clearance.

83:47

Fabio Aurelio takes a shot. Steve Sidwell gets a block in.

83:04

Jonjo Shelvey takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Andrew Johnson.

81:07

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Clint Dempsey, Brede Hangeland takes a shot. Blocked by Raul Meireles.

80:21

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Murphy, Aaron Hughes takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save.

80:21

Corner taken by Danny Murphy from the left by-line, Aaron Hughes produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

79:28

Christian Poulsen goes off and Fabio Aurelio comes on. The assistant referee signals for offside against Fernando Torres.

79:28

Fabio Aurelio joins the action as a substitute, replacing Christian Poulsen. Fernando Torres is caught offside. David Stockdale takes the free kick.

78:52

Rodriguez Maxi concedes a free kick for a foul on John Pantsil. Direct free kick taken by John Pantsil.

78:07

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jonjo Shelvey. Free kick taken by Chris Baird.

76:46

Clint Dempsey has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

75:39

Brede Hangeland fouled by Fernando Torres, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Baird takes the free kick.

75:09

The ball is sent over by Steven Gerrard.

74:28

Brede Hangeland gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Raul Meireles. Steven Gerrard restarts play with the free kick.

74:09

Unfair challenge on Andrew Johnson by Raul Meireles results in a free kick. Chris Baird takes the direct free kick.

73:28

Outswinging corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by John Pantsil.

73:07

The ball is delivered by Zoltan Gera, Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a comfortable save.

72:57

Zoltan Gera delivers the ball, Daniel Agger makes a clearance.

71:27

Steve Sidwell takes a shot. Martin Skrtel gets a block in.

68:32

Caution for John Pantsil. John Pantsil challenges Daniel Agger unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jose Reina restarts play with the free kick.

65:54

Dirk Kuyt goes off and Jonjo Shelvey comes on.

64:46

Moussa Dembele fouled by Martin Skrtel, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Murphy produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

63:07

The assistant referee flags for offside against Dirk Kuyt. Free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.

62:07

Zoltan Gera on for Damien Duff.

60:12

Clint Dempsey has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.

58:39

Dirk Kuyt is caught offside. Chris Baird restarts play with the free kick.

58:12

John Pantsil sends in a cross, Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jose Reina.

56:07

Foul by Glen Johnson on Damien Duff, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Damien Duff, Jose Reina makes a save.

54:19

Christian Poulsen concedes a free kick for a foul on Moussa Dembele. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.

51:32

An unfortunate own goal is conceded by John Pantsil. Liverpool 1-0 Fulham.Fernando Torres takes a shot. Foul by Fernando Torres on Aaron Hughes, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Aaron Hughes. Brede Hangeland gets a block in.

51:32

An own goal is scored by John Pantsil. Liverpool 1-0 Fulham.Fernando Torres produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that bounces off the post. Fernando Torres concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Hughes. Aaron Hughes takes the free kick.

50:21

A cross is delivered by Steven Gerrard, Rodriguez Maxi takes a shot. Steve Sidwell gets a block in.

49:36

The ball is delivered by Glen Johnson.

48:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele by Christian Poulsen. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

45:34 +0.34

The ball is crossed by Martin Kelly, Headed effort from close range by Fernando Torres goes wide left of the target.

43:22

Foul by Danny Murphy on Fernando Torres, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.

41:21

Outswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard, Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.

41:05

Martin Kelly delivers the ball, Rodriguez Maxi takes a shot. Blocked by John Pantsil.

39:51

Daniel Agger takes a shot and went wide left of the goal.

38:45

Steve Sidwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Gerrard. Direct free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.

36:06

The referee penalises Andrew Johnson for handball. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.

34:43

John Pantsil challenges Rodriguez Maxi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Rodriguez Maxi takes the free kick.

32:55

Glen Johnson produces a cross, Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.

31:59

Moussa Dembele concedes a free kick for a foul on Christian Poulsen. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Agger.

31:02

John Pantsil sends in a cross, Martin Kelly manages to make a clearance.

30:26

Clint Dempsey produces a cross, clearance by Glen Johnson.

28:53

Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.

28:25

Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.

26:17

A cross is delivered by Martin Kelly, clearance made by Damien Duff.

25:08

Corner from the left by-line taken by Raul Meireles, clearance by Aaron Hughes.

24:46

Glen Johnson takes a shot. Save made by David Stockdale.

22:34

Foul by Andrew Johnson on Glen Johnson, free kick awarded. Jose Reina takes the free kick.

21:45

A cross is delivered by Damien Duff, clearance by Daniel Agger.

21:28

The ball is swung over by Danny Murphy, save by Jose Reina.

20:25

Foul by Christian Poulsen on Steve Sidwell, free kick awarded. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.

18:03

Unfair challenge on Rodriguez Maxi by Danny Murphy results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Agger.

17:08

The ball is delivered by Dirk Kuyt, clearance by John Pantsil.

16:51

Glen Johnson sends in a cross, Chris Baird makes a clearance.

16:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Sidwell on Glen Johnson. Direct free kick taken by Rodriguez Maxi.

14:59

Moussa Dembele delivers the ball, clearance by Martin Skrtel.

14:21

Effort on goal by Fernando Torres from a long way out goes over the bar.

13:41

Short corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line.

13:35

The ball is swung over by Dirk Kuyt, Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.

11:53

Martin Kelly delivers the ball, Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Save by David Stockdale.

10:15

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line, Header from close range by Martin Skrtel misses to the right of the goal.

9:55

Martin Kelly crosses the ball, Raul Meireles takes a shot. Save made by David Stockdale.

9:40

The ball is sent over by Glen Johnson, Steve Sidwell manages to make a clearance.

7:52

The assistant referee signals for offside against Dirk Kuyt. David Stockdale restarts play with the free kick.

7:27

Christian Poulsen fouled by Danny Murphy, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Agger takes the free kick.

5:29

Fernando Torres is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by David Stockdale.

2:58

Martin Skrtel concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Johnson. Danny Murphy produces a cross, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Aaron Hughes misses to the right of the target.

1:15

Chris Baird crosses the ball, clearance made by Martin Skrtel.

The game begins.

The half-time whistle blows.

The referee starts the second half.

The referee signals the end of the game.

Match Preview

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard returns to the side against Fulham at Anfield after serving a three-match ban. It is a further boost for the club following the away win at Wolves on Saturday - Kenny Dalglish's first victory since becoming caretaker manager.

Dalglish may be tempted to freshen things up and give a run-out to Joe Cole, who was an unused substitute at the weekend. Milan Jovanovic could also return to the squad after missing the match at Molineux because of illness.

Martin Kelly is set to stay at right-back after receiving from glowing praise from Dalglish. The 20-year-old Kelly had made just two league appearances this season before Dalglish's arrival.

"Martin's done very well for the club," he said.

"He's like a new signing for the club because that's four on the spin he's played now. He's earned it and it doesn't matter what age you are, if you are performing you'll have a chance of playing.

"It is impressive when you come into a team that isn't playing as well as it can and you play as well as he has done."

Dickson Etuhu and Aaron Hughes are both doubts for Fulham. Midfielder Etuhu and defender Hughes limped out of Saturday's 2-0 win over Stoke, with the former the bigger concern with a hamstring injury. His failure to make it would likely see Steve Sidwell handed a full debut by manager Mark Hughes.

Sidwell could not hold down a first-team spot at Chelsea or Aston Villa but is hoping for better luck at Craven Cottage. He said: "There are a few here that probably hadn't had the luck they had hoped for at their previous club, but have come here and gone on to be very successful.

"That shows what this place is all about and the opportunities that you are given. I believe that I will get the chance here and, hopefully, given that chance, I can prove myself and take it with both hands."

Hughes remains without Bobby Zamora (leg), Philippe Senderos (Achilles) and Matthew Briggs (calf), while Mark Schwarzer is on Asian Cup duty with Australia.

Formation:4231Manager: Kenny Dalglish

Liverpool

Formation: 442Manager: Mark Hughes

Fulham

  • Jose Reina
  • Martin Kelly
  • Martin Skrtel
  • Daniel Agger
  • Glen Johnson
  • Raul Meireles
  • Christian Poulsen
  • Dirk Kuyt
  • Steven Gerrard
  • Rodriguez Maxi
  • Fernando Torres
  • SUBS
  • Peter Gulacsi
  • Fabio Aurelio
  • Joe Cole
  • Daniel Pacheco
  • Danny Wilson
  • David Ngog
  • Jonjo Shelvey

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Match Report

Reds rise continues Liverpool's renaissance under Kenny Dalglish continued as victory over Fulham lifted them into their highest Barclays Premier League position of the season. It was not the most notable of performances, although there were plenty of spells of good football from the hosts, as John Pantsil's second-half own goal divided the teams. But the Reds registered back-to-back wins for the first time since early November to move up to seventh, within six points of fifth-placed Tottenham, and maintain the feeling of optimism which arrived when Dalglish replaced Roy Hodgson earlier this month. The last time the legendary Scot faced a Fulham team at Anfield he was player-manager on the occasion of a 10-0 League Cup victory in September 1986 against the then third-division side - and he did not even score. There was to be no repeat of those fireworks, understandably considering Liverpool's still fragile form and the Cottagers' precarious position. Until Pantsil put through his own net the main talking point was the goal Fernando Torres had disallowed after just six minutes. Liverpool's last match, the 3-0 win at Wolves, had prompted much debate - and subsequent sexism controversy - about female referee's assistant Sian Massey. On that occasion she made the correct call in not flagging Raul Meireles offside for the Reds' opening goal at Molineux. Male counterpart Mick McDonough was not so accurate as he wrongly ruled the Spain international was offside before he slotted Meireles' through-ball past David Stockdale. Fortunately for the assistant referee, Pantsil prevented him making the headlines. Portugal international Meireles was man of the match at the weekend and he started brightly again as he kept the advanced midfield role even on captain Steven Gerrard's return after suspension. It was he who got on the end of Martin Kelly's right-wing cross to direct a low header goalwards which the goalkeeper turned around his post. Stockdale was called into action again in the 25th minute when Glen Johnson, playing at left-back, cut inside to unleash a right-footed shot which the keeper tipped over. Clint Dempsey forced Jose Reina into a low save just before the half-hour but the Spain international should not have been given a chance seconds later when Andrew Johnson cut the ball back to the penalty spot but Moussa Dembele hit his shot straight at the goalkeeper. Daniel Agger fired a low 30-yard drive wide and Torres headed over from Kelly's cross in added time at the end of the first half as the hosts failed to make their dominance pay. Maxi Rodriguez had a shot blocked by Aaron Hughes but when a cross was swung back into the area the Argentinian wasted his free header with an aimless looping effort. But that was forgotten when Liverpool took the lead in the 52nd minute. Dirk Kuyt's interception of Dempsey's pass touched the ball into the path of Torres on the edge of the penalty area and he unleashed a shot which deflected off Brede Hangeland and rebounded back off the post. Pantsil and Stockdale got in the way of each other in the resulting melee with the defender, under pressure from Meireles, slicing an attempted clearance over his own goalline. The Fulham right-back tried to make amends when his cross picked out Dempsey but the American volleyed straight at Reina. Meireles' quick counter-attack from Reina's throw almost brought the second goal as his attempted pass to Rodriguez deflected off Hughes and had Stockdale scrambling at the foot of his left-hand post to recover. The Fulham centre-back proved equally effective at the other end as his header forced Reina into a full-length dive to prevent the ball creeping inside the post. Seconds later Meireles displayed his rarely-seen defensive duties by hacking Hangeland's header off the line with the goalkeeper beaten. Liverpool hung on, something they have struggled to do in the past, as Dalglish's influence continued to be felt. At the final whistle the PA system played Somewhere Over The Rainbow. Optimism is definitely growing at Anfield.

Form Guide

    LWLLDW
  • Liverpool
  • VS
  • Fulham
  • LWLWDW

Last Meetings

  • Liverpool
  • 0 - 0
  • Fulham
  • 11/04/2010
  • Fulham
  • 3 - 1
  • Liverpool
  • 31/10/2009
  • Fulham
  • 0 - 1
  • Liverpool
  • 04/04/2009
  • Liverpool
  • 0 - 0
  • Fulham
  • 22/11/2008
  • Fulham
  • 0 - 2
  • Liverpool
  • 19/04/2008
  • Liverpool
  • 2 - 0
  • Fulham
  • 10/11/2007

Top Scorers

Liverpool

  • FJ Torres 9
  • S Gerrard 3
  • RR Maxi 3
  • D Kuyt 2
  • S Kyrgiakos 2
  • RJ Meireles 2
  • D Ngog 2
  • J Cole 1
  • G Johnson 1
  • M Skrtel 1
  • R Babel 1

Fulham

  • CD Dempsey 7
  • B Hangeland 3
  • S Davies 2
  • C Baird 2
  • D Kamara 2
  • M Dembele 2
  • A Hughes 1
  • A Johnson 1
  • B Zamora 1
  • D Etuhu 1
  • Z Gera 1

Goals

Liverpool

    • Total goals 61
    • Goals per game 30
  • 3 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 7 (For) 7 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 7 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Fulham

    • Total goals 56
    • Goals per game 25
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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