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  • Torres (26), Babel (28), Aquilani (32), Torres (77)
  • Belhadj (88)
  • Date:2010-03-15
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Anfield
  • Attendance:40316
  • Referee:Attwell, S

Live Commentary

90mins

Babel cuts in from the left and fires an effort just over.

90mins

Babel cuts in from the left and fires an effort just over.

88mins

Goal!! Nadir Belhadj scores for Portsmouth.

87mins

Aruna Dindane finds himself clean through but is pulled back for a foul on Jamie Carragher, replays suggest the Liverpool defender just slipped over though.

85mins

Jamie O'Hara is replaced by Danny Webber.

84mins

Liverpool comfortable seeing out the match now, their work is done.

80mins

Liverpool are replacing Fernando Torres with David N'Gog.

78mins

Aruna Dindane goes into the referee's book for dissent.

78mins

The referee has booked Aaron Mokoena.

77mins

Goal!! LIVERPOOL 4-0 PORTSMOUTH Fernando Torres scores for Liverpool, slamming home at the near post from Aquilani's pass.

76mins

Hermann Hreidarsson is being taken off, Quincy Owusu-Abeyie has come on in his place.

75mins

That elbow is Gerrard's last contribution as he is replaced by Yossi Benayoun.

73mins

Gerrard appears to elbow Brown in the back of the head off-the-ball. Referee Stuart Atwell sees the incident but lets Gerrard off with a warning.

72mins

Maxi Rodriguez gets to the byline and finds Torres who doesn't quite connect and fires straight at Ashdown.

71mins

Glen Johnson is being taken off, Martin Kelly has come on in his place.

70mins

Glen Johnson, on his retrurn from injury, jogs off to be replaced by Martin Kelly.

66mins

Liverpool are screaming penalty after Johnson goes down under a challenge from Nadir Belhadj, referee Atwell says no,.Replays suggest the Pompey man may have just got a touch on the ball.

64mins

Papa Bouba Diop is replaced by Aaron Mokoena.

60mins

It's Maxi Rodriquez's turn to have a shot after a corner wasn't cleared, but he drags his effort wide.

54mins

Great save! Pepe Reina has not had much to do tonight but he had to be at his best there to tip Michael Brown's effort over the bar.

53mins

Gerrard curls another effort just over the bar from Babel's lay-off.

51mins

Good save! More good football sees Gerrard free in the area but his shot is well blocked by Ashdwon, the ball eventually finds itself with Babel who see his effort tipped onto the crossbar. The reds are rampant at the moment.

47mins

Daniel Agger tries a free-kick from 35 yards but it hits two Pompey defenders before trickling through to Ashdown.

45mins

We are underway again at Anfield.

45mins

Half time whistle is blown by S Attwell

42mins

Papa Bouba Diop chips the ball over the defence for Frederic Piquionne, whose shot from the angle goes just wide of Reina's far post.

37mins

Breathless stuff at Anfield as Liverpool rip the game away from Pompey with three goals in five dramatic minutes.

32mins

Goal!! LIVERPOOL 3-0 PORTSMOUTH It's raining goals at Anfield! Torres again is the creator laying it off for AQUILIANI to blast home his first goal for Liverpool from the edge of the area.

28mins

Goal!! LIVERPOOL 2-0 PORTSMOUTH Torres is again at the heart of things, laying the ball off for BABEL to toe poke home into the bottom left hand corner from 12 yards.

26mins

Goal! LIVERPOOL 1-0 PORTSMOUTH! Ashdown's clearance is closed down by Gerrard, the ball falls to Maxi who lays it off for TORRES to slot home from eight yards.

22mins

The reds are again screaming penalty as Michael Brown climbs over Gerrard, the ref again is unmoved and the resultant corner is cleared.

20mins

Torres goes down in the area under the challenge of Wilson but the ref says no penalty, looks like the Pompey man got some of the ball there.

18mins

Liverpool are warming to their task, once again Maxi Rodriquez is at the heart of things, teeing up Aquilani who fires a volley just wide of Ashown's right-hand post.

15mins

Good play involving Alberto Aquilani, Fernando Torres and Maxi Rodriguez tees up Gerrard who fires a shot just over.

12mins

The ans are doing their best to get behind Liverpool but after a bright statrt the game has slowed down a little, they need a bit of inspiration from somewhere.

8mins

Frederic Piquionne goes on a mazy run from half-way bu his final shot goes wildly over the bar.

2mins

Bright start by Liverpool, a corner isn't properly cleared and Torres fires in a shot that appears to come off Ricardo Rocha's arm but the ref says no penallty.

1mins

Fernando Torres is tugged back in dangerous position to the right of the area, Gerrard curls it in but a Pompey head does well to clear.

0mins

Referee Stuart Atwell gets the game underway at Anfield.

0mins

Pompey 'keeper David James remains sidelined so Jamie Ashdown deputises once more. Tommy Smith failed a fitness test so it's Aruna Dindane and Frederic Piquionne upfront, Aaron Mokoena is fit enough to return to the bench.

0mins

£20 million man Alberto Aquilani returns to the starting line-up long with fit-again Glen Johnson. There are also stats for Maxi Rodriguez and Ryan Babel in a attacking side named by Rafa Benitez.

0mins

Liverpool face Portsmouth at 8pm on Monday, March 15th.

Match Preview

Champions League chasing Liverpool will have no excuses if they slip up at home to rock-bottom Portsmouth on Monday night.

Rafael Benitez's lacklustre Reds fell to a shocking 1-0 defeat at Wigan Athletic last Monday as their continental aspirations took another body blow.

They have failed to shrug off the challenge of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, who look more than a good bet to replace them as one of the big-four this term.

Liverpool's over-reliance to utilise perennial match-winners Fernando Torres and skipper Steven Gerrard is likely to continue at Anfield against Avram Grant's beleaguered side.

The Merseysiders have now collected just four points from the last possible 12 and a win is vital if they are to keep in touch with their rivals who are beginning to gather some momentum.

Portsmouth, who suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Birmingham City on Tuesday evening, are all but set for a return to the Championship next season.

They are five points adrift of pulling themselves out of the relegation zone but with a possible nine-point deduction set to further hinder their progress, they look down and out.

Grant has guided his men to a FA Cup semi-final appearance this term, where they will face either Fulham or Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, but in the Premier League, where it really matters, they have failed.

Former Pompey man Glen Johnson, who made a brief return against Wigan last week from his knee injury, could make a full return to action.

Daniel Agger (knee) is a doubt with fellow defenders Fabio Aurelio (thigh) and Martin Skrtel (ankle) missing out.

For the visitors, trio Aaron Mokoena (knee), Anthony Vanden Borre (hamstring) and Tommy Smith (groin) could make a welcome return.

Kevin Boateng (ankle) is definitely out and may not make a comeback until May.


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Match Report

Fernando Torres scored twice as Liverpool gave their challenge for fourth place a much-needed boost with a comfortable 4-1 win over crisis-club Portsmouth.

The Spain star opened the scoring in the 26th minute before Ryan Babel made it two just two minutes later.

Alberto Aquliani grabbed their third in six minutes on 32 minutes with Torres adding his second 13 minutes from time before Nadir Belhadj had the final say with a consolation in the closing moments.

Portsmouth had been comfortable enough for the opening quarter with a half-hearted penalty appeal for Ricardo Rocha's handball the only cause for concern.

Steven Gerrard also went close from the edge of the box when he should have hit the target, but Liverpool went ahead in the 26th minute.

Pompey keeper Jamie Ashdown, who was deputising for the injured David James, smashed a clearance into Gerrard and Maxi Rodriguez played in Torres to tap in his 14th of the season.

Two minutes later it was 2-0 when Torres turned provider with a cross that was stabbed home by Babel.

And the match was all over as a contest in the 32nd minute when Gerrard found Torres and he back-heeled into the path of Aquilani to fire in his first goal for the club from 12 yards.

The Reds were rampant with Gerrard somehow firing wide and Torres slamming a shot against the post.

Pompey finally responded a minute before the break with Frederic Piquionne coming within inches of converting Jamie O'Hara's cross.

Ashdown atoned for his earlier error soon after the interval with a stop form Gerrard's shot before he superbly tipped another Babel shot onto the bar.

Pepe Reina was then forced into action soon after when he clawed over Michael Brown's shot from the edge of the box.

Gerrard was lucky to stay on the pitch 17 minutes from time when he appeared to strike Brown with his arm but the win was sealed on 77 minutes.

Aquliani fed Torres and he turned past Rocha and smashed his shot beyond Ashdown.

But the visitors had the last word when Piquionne crossed for Belhadj to tap home with two minutes remaining.

Liverpool

Portsmouth

Corners

84

Fouls

1016

Goal attempts

Shots off target

106

Offsides

01

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